Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
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Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016

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Winemaker Notes

The San Andreas Fault Estate Pinot Noir is the flagship wine from Hirsch, and the wine that represents the summation of our complex vineyard. David Hirsch says if you drink only one of their wines this should be it. 100% estate, 100% Hirsch. In their 2016 Pinot Noirs, you will find the dark intensity of their 2015s, with the lift and energy of the 2014s.

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V 93
Hirsch's Pinot Noir Estate San Andreas Fault is absolutely gorgeous in 2016. The flavors are bold, punchy and super-expressive. More importantly, I see more depth and complexity than in the past. Black cherry, plum, lavender and spice all race out of the glass. Pliant, deep and inviting, the 2016 is arrestingly beautiful. The decision to bottle early, with 11 months in oak as opposed to 18-20 as was previously the norm, paid off big time.
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium ruby colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault is youthfully shy on the nose, giving up strawberry and raspberry preserves, bergamot, amaro, rose petals, charcuterie and pipe tobacco. The light to medium-bodied palate offers nuanced red fruits with firm, grainy tannins, finishing on a bitters note.
W&S 92
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This is Anthony Filiberti’s first vintage at the Hirsch family’s vineyard in Fort Ross. It’s planted on a series of ridgetops three miles from the Pacific and 1,500 feet above it, those ridges formed by the San Andreas fault, resting under the land between the vines and the ocean. David Hirsch started planting the ridges in 1980, later converting the site to biodynamic farming. This blend includes fruit from the more exposed western ridges and the warmer, inland ridges to the east. W&S editor Patrick J. Comiskey described the wine as “classic Sonoma coast in its scent of laurel groves in the fog.” There’s a savory green character, the lovely spice driving floral black fruit through the earthy tannins. Those tannins will relax after a few years in the bottle.
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Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Fort Ross, Hirsch Vineyards is the birth ground of great pinot noir on the extreme Sonoma Coast. David Hirsch founded the vineyard in 1980 to grow fruit and make site-specific wine. From the start all efforts have been on the growing of fruit that makes wines profoundly characteristic of the site vintage after vintage.

In the wines of Hirsch Vineyards, you find a natural balance and consistency in the harmonious resolution of these opposites. This complex, unique site produces fruit and wines of unusual acidity and balance with a vintage specific concentration of pinot noir or chardonnay fruit. These are wines to be enjoyed now or laid down for future consumption.

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