For my palate, this was a stunner. A crispness and minerality that belies its California origins accompanied by just a hint of oak and pear. First drank this a couple of years ago and it has not lost any of its charm with age.
Wow! Hirsch is so good. This wine, like others, drinks more like a European wine than a California Chardonnay. It bodes well for the juice as you recognize and appreciate the depth of this wine. The finish is over 60 seconds long with a good blend of butterscotch and caramel. I was a little dissapointed that the wine tailed off after an hour but I have found that with many of the 2010s. Good juice nonetheless. Cheers!
Popped and poured. Medium straw colour. Very much Burgundian in style with smoky orchard fruits up front followed by hints of grapefruit, sea spray and butterscotch – this is no "popcorn monster". Smooth and well balanced with a fairly modest 13,7% alcohol. Absolutely delicious!
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(Hirsch Vineyards Chardonnay) Light green-tinged yellow color; tart green apple, tart pear nose; tasty, luscious but balanced, tart pear, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ points