MISSION NOTES: As a cat lover, I'm inclined to buy every vintage of Jasmine Hirsch's Bohan Dillon Pinot Noir simply because of the label. But as a wine lover, especially the Pinot Noirs of Burgundy, I'm never disappointed by the elegance and grace that I taste in each subsequent release. The 2019 vintage offers more of that magic, those subtle nuances and bright, red-fruited flavors that make Pinot Noir so special when done right. What in particular makes the 2019 Bohan-Dillon so special? Let's start with the fact that 50% of the fruit comes from Hirsch's 30 year old vines, and the remainder from its 20 year old vines. The only real difference between the Bohan Dillon and the Hirsch Pinot Noir's that sell for double and triple the price is a shorter time in barrel (and a bit of fruit from a neighboring vineyard). If anything, it's a purer expression of David Hirsch's original vision, to create site-specific Pinot Noir on a majestic ridge near the Pacific Ocean in Sonoma. At 13.1%, the weight of the wine never encroaches on that purity; you get red berries, forest floor, a bit of exotic spice, and brilliant acidity. If you need any more evidence as to what an amazing person Jasmine Hirsch is, you can check out our interview with her on Instagram. And you can obviously reference the new score from James Suckling as further evidence as to her amazing wine. I'm in love with it, our sales staff is in love with it, it's just simply a fantastic expression of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, year in and year out. Plus, it has a black cat on the label, so that's an extra bonus. -David Driscoll, Mission Sales Manager
Hirsch is the pioneer winemaker on the Sonoma Coast. Started in 1980 by David Hirsch, the estate vineyard is two miles from the ocean at Ft. Ross (AVA) in Sonoma County. It first became known with the wines of Williams Selyem, Kistler, Littorai, and others who made spectacular expressions from Hirsch's fruit. The on-site winery was started in 2002, and winemaker Anthony Filiberti has joined the team to craft some of the most compelling wines of this ‘grand cru’ quality vineyard. Every effort has been made to integrate the wine making with the farming to produce wines that have site typicity: rich pinot fruit married to a profound acidic complexity finished with deep, evolved natural tannins.