2011 Pinot Noir
Hirsch Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
The Hirsch Vineyard is widely recognized as one of the premier vineyards for Pinot grapes in the Americas.
Its location on a rugged ridge close to the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1500 feet, gives the grapes an exposure to an extreme swing of climates annually - from 80 inches of rain in the winter months to desert like dryness in the summer. The high elevation vineyard sees approximately 14 hours of sun versus 10 hours at below the fogline, thus allowing long hours of unmitigated sunlight late in the season when tannins are evolving.
|Harvest Date.........||October 2011|
|Barrel Program.....||11 Months in 40% New French Oak|
|Cases produced.....||168 Cases|
This Pinot Noir breaths quality and value - the wine is rich in flavor, full in texture, and offers a lovely underlying minerality and excellent natural acidity. A very well balanced gem. The flavors of black cherries, black raspberries, and freshly grated nutmeg jump out of the glass. Layer by layer this wine shows finesse and power.