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Hirsch Vineyards

California, United States | website

Hirsch Vineyard has a pedigree that few other sites in California can match, a California Grand Cru if there ever were one. David Hirsch was a pioneer of the extreme Sonoma Coast, he planted his vineyard in 1979 when the area was considered too cold and foggy for grapes. His fruit was made famous through single vineyard bottlings from Williams-Selyem, Kistler, Littorai, Failla and many others. They began making their own wines in the early 2000's, and have led the movement towards a more balanced, finessed style of California pinot. Ross Cobb, formerly of Williams-Selyem and Flowers, is responsible for winemaking. The San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir is the signature wine of the estate, and includes a small amount of whole clusters in the fermentation. They also grow a tiny amount of Chardonnay as well, planted from cuttings of old Wente clones taken from Joe Rochioli's vineyard. Until 2005, the Chardonnay fruit was sold to Kistler, but is now all bottled under the Hirsch label. We have received an allocation of only 10 cases for all of Ontario. We believe this is the first time these wines have been offered anywhere in Canada.


2011 Pinot Noir 'San Andreas Fault'

$110.00

Very limited

"The 2011 Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault is gorgeous and totally silky on the palate. Bright red berries, crushed flowers, sweet tobacco, chalk and pine are laced together in an aromatically expressive, mid-weight Pinot loaded with pure class. I would prefer to drink the 2011 sooner rather than later, as the acidity is quite prominent, and is likely to become even more prominent as the fruit starts to fade"

  • Color Red
  • Reviewer Name Antonio Galloni
  • Reviewer Score 92
  • Case Size 12
  • Bottle Size 750ml

2012 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

$120.00

Very limited

"The 2012 Chardonnay Estate is fabulous. A wine of energy and pure, unbridled tension, the 2012 races across the palate with lemon peel, flowers, white pepper and spices, all high-toned, intense flavors that capture the racy personality of this site. If opened young, the 2012 needs a bit of air, but it is stunning in its beauty, simplicity and transparency to site."

  • Color White
  • Reviewer Name Antonio Galloni
  • Reviewer Score 94
  • Case Size 12
  • Bottle Size 750ml