This is a bit more aromatically complex than the East Ridge with plenty of spice influence on the ripe and very fresh aromas of red currant, dark berries and again soft floral elements. There is first rate intensity and detail to the solidly well-concentrated middle weight flavors that culminate in a strikingly complex and persistent finish. This understated and brooding effort is also youthfully austere and will need 7 to 10 years of cellar time to reach its full apogee. Drink: 2018+ *Outstanding*
Lots of strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors that give an almost jammy character yet, the wine is pure and fresh with a medium body and firm tannins. A rich yet tense wine with form and beauty. Drink or hold. A blend of the best vineyard parcels of Hirsch. Only 293 cases made.
Next to the 2011, the 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve comes across as a bit wild. Sweet tobacco, earthiness and dried flowers add complexity. There is plenty of structure in the glass, but the slightly angular contours lead me to believe the 2010 will always be a bit rough around the edges. (AG)
Delicate red fruit drives this wine, oak char adding some density to the persimmon and cherry notes. The oak emphasizes the wine’s meaty depth, like the taste of quail off the grill. This was Ross Cobb’s first vintage at Hirsch; the Reserve is his barrel selection from 11 of the oldest blocks in the vineyard. A heady evocation of this far coast site, this wine should age with grace.
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