One hour decant plus an hour slow-o in bottle. Deep garnet color, slightly cloudy. Soaring nose of dark red and black fruits with lower toned earthy notes - complex aromatics are a highlight. Enormous fruit on palate, hints of red but mostly dark fruited profile, some spice, a bit of vanilla or creaminess, touch of heat, medium plus acidity. Very long finish. Big boned structure should allow to age for several years to come.
Deep garnet to plum color, cloudy appearance (no filtration) adds to its earthiness. Scent is full of red and black fruit, with a deep inner core of Burgundian cassis, port and ethereal raisiny goodness. Hints of woodfire smoke, mushroom and forest floor. Beautiful fresh and juicy mouthfeel, with lush fruit again surrounding a core of refinement. A pleasure -- but give it 2-3 more years and it will be even better.
14.3% alcohol. Beautiful, distinctive, complex aromatics - if somewhat brooding and deeper pitched - with notions of black cherry, wild raspberry, licorice, Asian spices, sandalwood, earth, and iron. Equally exciting in the mouth with a silky texture and impressive concentration, depth/range, structure, and balance, and length. Terrific wine. Dinner at Sea Change.
The Wine Enthusiast recently posted their top picks for 2013, and were chosen to fill their #2 spot. The 2010 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir*, which was released last fall, is the only Pinot Noir to be found in the top 10 wines on their list. Click here to see the entire line-up.
Far and away the best WS wine I've had. I've also been a big fan of Hirsch's San Andreas pinot. There is a remarkable likeness between the two. Juicy, balanced, with layers of flavor beyond fruit notes. Gorgeous nose.
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