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2017 Hirsch "San Andreas Fault" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $62)

SKU #1466551 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Starting off the 2017s, the 2017 Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault Estate is another relatively large production cuvée by this estate's standards, with just under 4,000 cases. A perfumed, medium-bodied, beautifully elegant Pinot Noir, it has classic Sonoma Coast aromas and flavors, with lots of spiced cherries, strawberries, sappy herbs, and floral notes defining the bouquet. As with all of Hirsch's Pinot Noirs, it's more mid-weight, yet it still carries a vibrancy and tension that's going to age beautifully. Inner quote mark (7/2020)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A homage to the great fault line near Hirsch, this pinot has a brambly, rich array of red cherries and some blue-fruit notes with fresh, sappy, forest aromas, too. The palate has plenty of punchy tannin and forthright, fresh, unwavering drive. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This is the largest production cuvée in the Hirsch portfolio. Pale to medium ruby, the 2017 Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault has a delicately played nose with touches of cinnamon stick, dried leaves, perfumed earth and a mineral vein plus rose petal perfume, red berries and black fruit sparks. The palate is light to medium-bodied with delicate intensity and well-balanced fruit and earth character, knit by grainy tannins and juicy freshness, finishing long and nuanced. (EB) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Named for the local fault line that created the jumble of ridgetop soils at Hirsch, San Andreas is a blend from the varied parcels on the estate. It’s a rich, beefy wine in 2017, its substantial black-cherry flavors needing several days to show their complexity and smoky intensity. Powerful in the best sense, and in need of decanting if you open it now, this is built for a steak. (JG) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2020 | Send Email
A perennial favorite here at K&L and with many of our customers across the country. Hirsch has long been, and continues to be, a benchmark producer on the Sonoma Coast. This incredible, pioneering vineyard sits 1,500ft above Timber Cove and Fort Ross on the coast just three miles away. The vineyard is planted to a multitude of clones in a dizzying array of complex soils churned up by the San Andreas Fault that runs just half a mile from the vineyard. This bottling, named after that fault line, is a summation of the property's unique complexity taking fruit from no less than 28 individual estate blocks and intricately weaving them into this stunning bottle. Many of the vines here are seriously mature, some dating back 40 years! Much is planted to heritage clones of Pinot Noir such as Swan, Calera, and Mount Eden. The vineyard is farmed using strict organic and biodynamic principles. The 2017 release of Hirsch "San Andreas" is a wonderfully pure, elegant wine that shows fresh, spicy red fruit aromas and flavors. Cherry, bramble fruit, Pine forest floor, mulling spices. Light to medium bodied but packed with flavor and intensity. It's so energized and vibrant. Beneath all that juicy, bright, delicious fruit is a profound minerality and soil quality that would make a great bottle of Burgundy jealous. This vineyard site has such a unique and powerful sense of place. This is tasting great right now but will be a great companion for 10+ years in the cellar too. Almost forgot to mention our special pricing...what's not to love?!

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