Situated above the fog line, we usually expect a powerful and structured wine from Hirsch. This is not the case with the 2010. Floral, meaty and bloody, like a battlefield from the middle ages, the wine is also dominated by beautiful spice tones with the fruit dimensions taking a back seat. It is a subtle, complete and playful wine. Some Hirsch vintages remind Ted of his days at Domaine Dujac. This is one.
"Littorai's 2010 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is remarkably weightless and gracious in this vintage, most likely because of the inclusion of 25% whole clusters. Dried cherries, tobacco, savory herbs, autumn leaves, licorice and herbs all take shape in the glass. The Hirsch is undeniably beautiful, but the stem component is not as seamlessly integrated as it is in the very best other wines in this range, which might be an issue for some palates more than others. There is no shortage of distinctiveness, though."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Medium red. Reduced aromas of raspberry, black tea and earth. Bigger and broader than the Cerise, showing more texture but less sweetness of fruit today. I would have picked this blind as Burgundy. Sappy, savory, soil-driven wine with a classically dry, lightly dusty finish."
International Wine Cellar