"The 2014 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is powerful and yet also quite seductive, with striking inner sweetness and aromatic intensity. A wine of total finesse and nuance, the Hirsch is showing beautifully today. Silky tannins round things out nicely. This is an especially refined vintage for the Hirsch." –Mar-17
"Deep ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is intensely scented of crushed raspberries and blackberries with a pretty perfume of violets, wild thyme and mossy bark. Light to medium-bodied, the intensity of flavors is nicely juxtaposed by the ethereal elegance, with soft, fine grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with lingering earthy notes. 700 cases were made."
Hirsch vineyard comprises a series of ridgetops, three miles from the ocean, northwest of the seaside town of Jenner. Rainfall is abundant
between October and April, with the summer dry and desert-like. The climate can be erratic and unpredictable with wide annual swings in moisture, temperature, storms and wind. Elevation ranges from 1200 to 1550 feet. This is San Andreas Fault territory, resulting in varied and complex soils. Fruit spends 16 months in French oak (25% new).(700 cs)
The 2014 vintage was the second vintage in a row of copious yields. Hence for a second year in a row rigorous thinning was required in many vineyards. This involved multiple passes to ensure that crop levels were not excessive. Yields were slightly lower than 2013 and there was a much greater percentage of small shot (seedless) berries. This is a concentrated vintage with plenty of aging potential.