Aromas of wild raspberries, rainier cherries, cassis, Asian spices, creme brulee, truffles and forest floor, espresso, cola and truffles burst out of the glass. Intense flavors of berries and anise with a hint of wild game coat the palate. The palate is silky in texture with five spice and cardamom giving way to strawberry and raspberry fruit across the mid-palate. The back palate displays spicy oak, supple tannins, coffee and orange rind, all of which combine for a long, lasting finish. Sandalwood, vanilla, and anise are countered with berries and black cherry skin in the mouth. This is a complete wine, showing true Hirsch site specificity. With each year the mature vines at Hirsch seem to bring more complexity and balance to the wine.
"Bright red. High-pitched red berries and Asian spices on the intensely perfumed nose. Silky in texture and sharply focused, offering fresh raspberry and cherry flavors and a jolt of zesty minerality. Very fresh and seamless pinot with strong finishing spiciness and lingering minerality. This suave wine drinks very nicely right now but should age well on its balance."
International Wine Cellar
"Pure, rich and harmonious, with an expansive core of ripe plum, raspberry, fresh earth and mineral, tightening up on the finish. Drink now through 2023."