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2018 Hirsch "Estate" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1474922 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Starting with the 2018 Chardonnay Estate, which comes all from the estate Hirsch Vineyard in the Fort Ross-Seaview appellation, it was barrel fermented and aged 10 months in barrel followed by two months in tank. It has a Burgundian bouquet of mulled stone fruits, brioche, green almonds, and chalky minerality. Just hitting 13% natural alcohol, it offers medium-bodied richness, a beautiful, layered texture, bright yet integrated acidity, and a great finish. Straight-up classy, it’s going to evolve positively for 2-4 years and keep for over a decade. Inner quote mark (7/2020)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A wonderfully crafted chardonnay with lemon rind, cooked apple, lemon and lemon curd. Mineral and stone character throughout. It’s full-bodied, yet vertical and deep on the palate. Takes you down deep and energizes you. Extremely well done. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

96 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This is among the best Hirsch chardonnays we’ve tasted, a wine with an ornate, almost baroque complexity woven out of fruit grown on the sandstone ridge along the San Andreas fault. It offers a completely different kind of complexity and depth of flavor than a great Burgundy - California coastal casual, yet precise. If you were to travel to David Hirsch’s remote vineyard and feel the blast of the Pacific winds against the ridge as you stand alongside the vines he planted in 1994 on a steep, rocky slope facing directly toward the sea, you might begin to sense the pure, terroir-driven nature of this wine. Along with fruit from those 2.5 acres, this wine includes Hirsch’s younger block of chardonnay, also west-facing, 1.4 acres planted in 2002 on a nearby sandstone hillside. The cool 2018 season produced a chardonnay that defies oxidation, still beautiful a week after it was first opened, destined to thrive for decades. (JG) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

What has long been one of the most highly regarded Pinot Noir vineyards and producers is also a fine source for Chardonnay. Their 2018 bottling reveals a cool vintage, which delayed ripening and lead to the development of amazing complexity. The domain is now in the capable hands of Jasmine Hirsch, who farms it biodynamically. With her father as mentor she manages the estate to the meticulous demands expected of a “Grand Cru” site. The resultant wine is one of elegance, freshness and fruit concentration, with laser-like acidity.

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