2010 Hirsch Vineyards "The Bohan Dillon" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir SKU #1086085


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Tasting Notes

San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2012: "Now that Ross Cobb is firmly at the winemaking helm, David Hirsch's famed property has revealed a restrained style that suits the extreme coast. In this case, Hirsch's second wine, drawn from a few neighboring sites on the Cazadero ridgetops, is pleasingly leafy, full of wet flowers, bergamot and the minerality that marks the Hirsch site. A great reminder of the value of vineyards' second wines." Hirsch is one of the intrepid producers out on California's true "Sonoma Coast" where the vineyards are battered by Pacific winds and the cool ocean fog shrouds them continuously, causing them to ripen very, very slowly. The Bohan Dillon comes mostly from the winery's younger vines, with some additional fruit added from their neighbors out in the hinterlands Hellenthal and MacDougal. Low in alcohol for a California wine (13.1% abv) and aged in primarily used (35% new) French oak, the 2010 Bohan Dillon shows off the concentration and "brooding" nature of the 2010 vintage while still delivering in delicious, drinkable form what fans of the Bohan Dillon have come to love and expect: elegant, fragrant, lively, bright, earthy Pinot with the juiciness to be enjoyable young, but the characteristic Sonoma Coast acid structure and wet stone minerality that make for a worthy short-term cellar candidate.

Staff Reviews

  • Chiara Shannon
    By: Chiara Shannon
    K&L Staff Member
    I've long been a fan of this younger vine production wine by Hirsch, made in a more accessible, fruity style, and the 2010 is just delightful. It's full of fresh cherry and raspberry aromas and flavors, with hints of blue fruits, and juicy core of fruit. It's so fresh and fruity it's amost crunchy, with elements of mineral, forest floor, and earth spice adding texture, flavor, and complexity. Naturally high acidity balances the fruit, making for a quenching finish with nice grip on the back end. Drink now over the next 3-5 years.


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