Last night I opened up a 2007 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir San Andreas to drink with dinner. I was grilling pork loin marinated in chipotle and raspberry and I thought that the wine would pair nicely with dinner. Fortunately I planned ahead and was able to decant the wine for about an hour. The wine was a beautiful garnet color, although very transparent. The wine had the sweet aromas of fruit candies and red berries. The wine was juicy with mouth-watering acidity and sour cherries dominating the palate along with oak tannin. The 2007 Hirsch Vineyards San Andreas was a fine example of a fruit forward California Pinot Noir.
Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir San Andreas Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, US
Rating: 4 glasses
Hirsch Vineyards is located on the extreme Sonoma Coast along the San Andreas Fault. David Hirsch founded the vineyard in 1980 with a vision to grow fruit reflective of the terroir and make site-specific wine. Hirsch Vineyards covers 72 acres consisting of over 60 distinct farming blocks, individually developed based on soil, exposure and topography. The blocks are farmed, harvested and vinified separately.
Hirsch produced 1,642 cases of the 2007 San Andreas, blended from twenty-six fermentation lots comprised of the fruit from thirty-six farming blocks. The wine was aged in 100% new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered at 14% alcohol.
Related articles and websites
- Hirsch Vineyards (hirschvineyards.com)
- Hirsch Vineyards: Pinot Noir along the extreme Sonoma Coast (dmwineline.wordpress.com)
- Hirsch Vineyards (princeofpinot.com)
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