92 POINTS: ROBERT PARKER - This is the largest production cuvée in the Hirsch portfolio. Pale to medium ruby, the 2017 Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault has a delicately played nose with touches of cinnamon stick, dried leaves, perfumed earth and a mineral vein plus rose petal perfume, red berries and black fruit sparks. The palate is light to medium-bodied with delicate intensity and well-balanced fruit and earth character, knit by grainy tannins and juicy freshness, finishing long and nuanced. 3,740 cases produced.
- WHY: Hirsch is the premier producing of Sonoma Coast pinot noir in the state, and the wines have become legendary after four decades of know-how and expertise.
HOW: The 2017 San Andreas is the largest production wine in the Hirsch portfolio at 4,000 cases. It's a blend of pinot noir from different parcels that straddle the ridge tops along the fault line.
WHAT: 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.