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2016 Hirsch Estate "San Andreas Fault" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1381471 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium ruby colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault is youthfully shy on the nose, giving up strawberry and raspberry preserves, bergamot, amaro, rose petals, charcuterie and pipe tobacco. The light to medium-bodied palate offers nuanced red fruits with firm, grainy tannins, finishing on a bitters note. (EB) 93+ Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Hirsch's Pinot Noir Estate San Andreas Fault is absolutely gorgeous in 2016. The flavors are bold, punchy and super-expressive. More importantly, I see more depth and complexity than in the past. Black cherry, plum, lavender and spice all race out of the glass. Pliant, deep and inviting, the 2016 is arrestingly beautiful. The decision to bottle early, with 11 months in oak as opposed to 18-20 as was previously the norm, paid off big time. (AG) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This is Anthony Filiberti’s first vintage at the Hirsch family’s vineyard in Fort Ross. It’s planted on a series of ridgetops three miles from the Pacific and 1,500 feet above it, those ridges formed by the San Andreas fault, resting under the land between the vines and the ocean. David Hirsch started planting the ridges in 1980, later converting the site to biodynamic farming. This blend includes fruit from the more exposed western ridges and the warmer, inland ridges to the east. W&S editor Patrick J. Comiskey described the wine as 'classic Sonoma coast in its scent of laurel groves in the fog.' There’s a savory green character, the lovely spice driving floral black fruit through the earthy tannins. Those tannins will relax after a few years in the bottle. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Strawberry puree, raspberry, mint and sage adorn up-front acidity in this focused, fresh and delicately framed wine named for the infamous earthquake fault. Crisp and light as cucumber, it sizzles in earthy energy. (VB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Concentrated forest floor notes accent the dried cherry, currant and raspberry flavors. The fresh, minerally finish is firm and lightly spiced. (KM) Inner quote mark (6/2019)

K&L Notes

Hirsch Estate has become the standard bearer for the terroir of far west Sonoma County and the San Andreas Fault Pinot is what the winery considers its flagship wine, as it is pulled from many different blocks from the 72 acres of estate vineyards. According to the winery, "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. In our 2016 Pinot Noirs, you will find the dark intensity of our 2015s, with the lift and energy of the 2014s."

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