*Cellar Selection* This vineyard-designated wine reflects its sense of place remarkably well, offering tight dark cherry and blueberry around a strong character of wild earth, tea and herb. High in acidity and minerality, and yet powerfully understated, it’s gorgeously drinkable now but will gain further complexity through 2022. (VB)
*Outstanding* There is a background hint of menthol to the cool and wonderfully pure nose that combines notes of plum, dark pinot, anise, sandalwood and floral scents. There is excellent volume and richness to the delicious and relatively full-bodied yet fine flavors that possess that lovely sense of underlying tension before terminating in a firm, dusty and serious finish. This is sufficiently tight that it would not be the best candidate in the range for early consumption; indeed I would strongly advise forgetting this in the back of the cellar for at least 6 years and 10 would be better.
Bright ruby-red. Pungent, fresh, mineral-accented red fruits and Asian spices on the nose. Lively and precise in the mouth, offering tangy cherry and raspberry flavors and a touch of orange pith. Finishes with very good clarity and cut, with dusty tannins adding shape. (ST)
*One Star* A little restrained and less forthcoming at first but soon showing a nice mix of cherries, violets and temperate oak sweetness in its increasingly involving aromas, this compact, still somewhat nascent youngster is built along the firm lines that its coastal provenance predicts. It is not, however, overly stiff and hijacked by acidity, and it is balanced to age nicely, but age it needs, and we would not be surprised if it takes a good five or six years to really come into its own.
The 2012 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard displays a deep, black cherry fruitiness, a dark ruby color that is more saturated than some of its siblings’, moderate body, a similar texture as well as length, and reasonably good, well-integrated acidity. Although similar to the other Pinots, it is certainly well-made, and merits an excellent rating. (RP)
A flamboyant rendition of Hirsch, this opens with a sweet, kirsch-like warmth, plenty of oak showing through in a vanillin scent and a wood-grain friction. It’s already generous, ready to be decanted for pork loin.
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