Failla Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Aromatics of the Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 are quintessential
Hirsch; expressive with raspberry, green tea, sandalwood and balsam. The palate shows the noble side of Pinot Noir; fine but resolved tannins that give way to great freshness as a result of the
well preserved acidity.
"This shows the trifecta
of winemaker Ehren Jordan’s deft hand, the fabulous
Hirsch Vineyard and the wonderful 2010 vintage. Even
if you knew nothing of the wine's pedigree, you'd be
dazzled by its sheer richness of raspberry, cherry, cola
and herb flavors, plus the firm, stone-driven minerality,
the dryness, the feral mountain hints, the acidity and
the overall dazzling structure. The alcohol level is comparatively restrained, providing just the right touch of
warmth. New oak clocks in at only 30%, imbuing the
wine with a nice seasoning of smoke. Tasted in a challenging lineup, it easily stood out. Definitely worth
searching for, but only 375 cases were produced. Editors' Choice."
"One of the best wines in this range, the 2010 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is fabulous. Today, the 2010 is showing just the barest hint of its ultimate potential. Behind the tannins and acidity lies a serious core of fruit just waiting to emerge. The 2010 Hirsch is distinguished for its deep layers of fruit and fabulous purity. Readers will have to be patient, though, as the 2010 is currently very closed in on itself.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Sexy, perfumed aromas of plum, cherry and spices. Silky on the palate but juicy rather than weighty, with lovely white pepper and spice high notes lifting the red fruit flavors. Very pure and light on its feet. Finishes broad and long, with suave tannins. A very refined California pinot from a superb site. This is 13.9% alcohol. 92(+?) points "
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Learn About Failla
While the history of Failla (pronounced FAY-la) is short it is not without its complexities. Founded as Failla Jordan in 1998, it took its name from the husband-and-wife team of winemaker Ehren Jordan and fellow debtor Anne-Marie Failla. That year we planted our Estate vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and began buying fruit for our first releases, the very Rhône-style '98 Alban Vineyard Viognier and '98 Que Syrah Syrah.
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the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...
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