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2014 Hirsch "San Andreas Fault" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1319915 95 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark San Andreas is the wine that represents the entire Hirsch estate, from the ocean-influenced west ridge to the sun-warmed east ridge; in 2014, it draws from 30 of the vineyard’s 61 farming blocks. It has an undeniable sense of place, capturing coastal breezes and thin sedimentary ridgetop soils in the tight weave of its tannins - the fruit caught halfway between cherry and stone, cool and shady, yet hinting at vibrant rays of sunshine. You can access its complex floral spice now, but it’s still mostly structure, nowhere near maturity. Floral, foggy and mineral, it’s a wine you’ll want to taste in another decade. Inner quote mark (10/2017)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2014 Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault draws on fruit across the entire ranch. Silky and aromatic, with understated depth, the 2014 will give readers a good idea of the personality of both the vintage and this site. Bright red stone fruit and delicate yet incisive tannins give the wine its shape and overall feel. This is a relatively easygoing style for Hirsch. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2017)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Lying adjacent to the San Andreas Fault on the extreme western Sonoma Coast, Hirsch Vineyards is comprised of 72 acres, divided into 67 individual farming blocks. The resulting degree of fragmentation is unmatched even by the famously subdivided vineyards of Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits. Due to the site’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the San Andreas Fault, the vineyard has a fearsome diversity of soils, aspects, elevations and microclimates. This complexity defines our farming and winemaking practices: each block was individually developed and is now farmed, harvested and vinified separately. The San Andreas Fault is Hirsch Vineyards’ signature pinot noir and is crafted to represent the entirety of this multifaceted vineyard. The 2014 San Andreas Fault has fruit from 32 distinct farming blocks, more than any other wine made from the Hirsch Vineyard. It is the flagship wine from Hirsch, and the wine that represents the summation of our complex vineyard."


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By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2018 | Send Email
I have a lot of respect for a wine label that actually delivers on their statement, and the key word here is "balance." Make no mistake about it, this is an ultra-high end Sonoma Pinot that eloquently balances fruit flavor, terroir, and structure. Enough fruit to be approachable, the structure to support it/age it, and the terroir to let you know there's nothing else like it. Customers sometimes worry about receiving something "too soft and juicy" in this price range, but Hirsch presents the ideal balance.

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