2010 Hirsch Vineyards "Reserve" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1196337 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is a bit more aromatically complex than the East Ridge with plenty of spice influence on the ripe and very fresh aromas of red currant, dark berries and again soft floral elements. There is first rate intensity and detail to the solidly well-concentrated middle weight flavors that culminate in a strikingly complex and persistent finish. This understated and brooding effort is also youthfully austere and will need 7 to 10 years of cellar time to reach its full apogee. Drink: 2018+ *Outstanding*  (10/2013)

92 points James Suckling

 Lots of strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors that give an almost jammy character yet, the wine is pure and fresh with a medium body and firm tannins. A rich yet tense wine with form and beauty. Drink or hold. A blend of the best vineyard parcels of Hirsch. Only 293 cases made.  (10/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Next to the 2011, the 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve comes across as a bit wild. Sweet tobacco, earthiness and dried flowers add complexity. There is plenty of structure in the glass, but the slightly angular contours lead me to believe the 2010 will always be a bit rough around the edges. (AG)  (2/2014)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Delicate red fruit drives this wine, oak char adding some density to the persimmon and cherry notes. The oak emphasizes the wine’s meaty depth, like the taste of quail off the grill. This was Ross Cobb’s first vintage at Hirsch; the Reserve is his barrel selection from 11 of the oldest blocks in the vineyard. A heady evocation of this far coast site, this wine should age with grace.  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

Praise from Antonio Galloni: "Hirsch is one of the most dramatic sites I have ever seen. Anywhere. The drive from Peay to Hirsch, with its dipping, curvy roads and spectacular views of the Pacific, is unforgettable. Don't worry about taking your cell phone. It won't work out here anyway. The sprawling estate covers 1,000 acres, of which 68 are under vine. David Hirsch's intuition to plant Pinot has turned out to be a divine inspiration, as this is without question one of the very best sites for Pinot Noir anywhere in California. Ross Cobb makes wines that are distinctive and loaded with personality." ("Sonoma and Beyond: New Releases," 02/2014)

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