2014 hirsch vineyards, san andreas fault pinot noir, sonoma coast
Why We're Buying
David Hirsch, the founder of Hirsch Vineyards, leads with San Andres Fault Estate Pinot Noir. It's the estate's flagship wine and an offering that he recommends to first-time visitors. The pinot noir provides a complete encapsulation of its complex vineyard with expressive notes and arresting aromas.
A toasty wood-smoke aroma meets firm, vivid and rather tart fruit flavors in this medium-bodied, elegant and cerebral wine. It has firm structure and good balance, as finegrained tannins and tangy acidity support the redcherry and raspberry flavors.
Wine & Spirits
San Andreas is the wine that represents the entire Hirsch estate, from the ocean-influenced west ridge to the sun-warmed east ridge; in 2014, it draws from 30 of the vineyard’s 61 farming blocks. It has an undeniable sense of place, capturing coastal breezes and thin sedimentary ridgetop soils in the tight weave of its tannins—the fruit caught halfway between cherry and stone, cool and shady, yet hinting at vibrant rays of sunshine. You can access its complex floral spice now, but it’s still mostly structure, nowhere near maturity. Floral, foggy and mineral, it’s a wine you’ll want to taste in another decade.