The 1996 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard reveals the vineyard's high tannin, as well as high acidity, raspberry and cherry fruit, and an intriguing earthy/terroir-driven, compressed personality. (RP)
Bright, dark red-ruby color. Brooding aromas of black raspberry, licorice, mocha and pungent oak. Currently showing limited flesh and rather strong acidity, and thus comes across as a bit disjointed; the oak and mocha notes repeat in the mouth. Finishes with very good length, some acid to lose, and notes of red fruit and cola. Showing very much like it did late last winter, when I tasted it literally hours after the bottling. (ST)
The 1996 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard was in an awkward stage, not young, but also not fully mature either, and just not showing all of its cards...yet. (AG)
Firm, with chewy tannins and a core of flavors built around wild berry, black cherry, sage, mineral and spice. (JL)
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