One of the most complete wines in the range, the 2013 Pinot Noir Estate Block 8 possesses gorgeous depth and overall structure. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint, rose petal and spice notes are all pushed forward. After an initial blast of intensity, the Block 8 shuts down quickly in the glass, which is probably a good thing for its potential longevity. Readers will have to be patient, as the Block 8 needs at least a few years in bottle. The wait should be worth it; there is plenty to like. (AG) 93+
Block 8 is a particularly rocky, iron-rich slope on the cooler western side of the Hirsch estate planted in 1993. The 2013 is blunt at first; then tart red fruit breaks through its chewy structure and brightens its oak-influenced aromas of black cardamom and star anise. It’s a sturdy, grounded, coastal wine that needs time to show itself.
Spicy, slightly smoky aromas then crisp red-cherry and cranberry flavors make this light-bodied wine taste fresh and feel lean. Nice tension in the flavors and good acidity give it a taut, appetizing texture. It will be best after 2018. (JG)
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