One sip is all it takes to be blown away by this Pinot’s beauty. It’s exquisitely crafted, a testament to both the vineyard and the winery’s oenological talent. The palate is bright and tangy with acidity, and incredibly complex flavors of wild berries, mushrooms, balsam, cola and Asian spices. It’s dramatic now, but will continue to improve for at least 15 years.
The Hirsch Vineyard versions are more often than not among the tighter, more vibrant Pinots in the Williams Selyem portfolio, and it is true once again with this firmly built, eminently ageworthy opus from 2011. It is withal a fairly hidden wine with as much tactile grip as outgoing fruit, but there is a very real sense of layering at work as well and hints at black tea at one moment and cherries and spice at the next. Its acidity is ample and obvious without being aggressive, and it will take its time before coming fully around. *Two Stars*
Opaque ruby. Deep, smoke-accented aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola and licorice, with a peppery topnote. Juicy, palate-staining dark fruit flavors are enlivened by a floral quality and show a smooth, velvety texture. The wine becomes chewier on the clinging finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a hint of candied violet. (ST)
Sweet red cherries, plums, mint and rose petals meld together in the 2011 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard. A wine of texture and depth, the 2011 stands out for its fabulous silkiness and raciness, both very hard to come by in 2011. The flavors continue to blossom in this striking, drop-dead gorgeous Pinot from one of Sonoma's very best sites. This is a fabulous showing in a very challenging year. (AG)
Williams Selyem’s 2011 Hirsch is a strapping wine, bursting with dark blue and purple fruit tones and showing a lot of cocoa-scented oak. It’s somewhat primary right now, but there’s a lively earthiness to the tannins that predicts complexity. With air, the wine’s full power and length begin to show, suggesting that this deserves some time in the cellar.
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