The 2011 Pinot Noir West Ridge expresses so many of the qualities that make the Hirsch Pinots so appealing. Bright, chalky notes support beautifully delineated red fruits, flowers, mint and sweet spices, all in a weightless style with tons of appeal. There is a crystalline translucency to the 2011 that is impossible to miss. I very much like the sense of energy and vibrancy here. What a gorgeous wine this is. (AG)
This is pure coastal energy in a bottle. Selected from the best barrels off the western (cooler, foggier) side of the Hirsch Vineyard, it’s based on the Mount Eden and Swan selections. Crisp and airy, the wine strikes the tongue like sea spray, its light raspberry-red fruit and floral nuances held together by a wood-bark undertone that suggests the aromatics of a redwood grove in the fog more than just oak. The tannins are still edgy, but it feels energetic and complete.
(made with 10% whole clusters and 25% new oak): Vibrant red. A pungent, spice- and mineral-accented bouquet evokes tangy red fruits, cherry pit, white pepper and anise. Offers nervy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of blood orange, with a floral pastille note adding sweetness. The floral quality carried through the finish, which is firmed by dusty, fine-grained tannins. This vibrant pinot checks in at 12.8% alcohol, the lowest for this set of releases by a good stretch; the other two were bottled at 13.4%. (ST)
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