Red

2003 Failla Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Sonoma Coast
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Community Tasting Notes 9

  • Senso-beak wrote: 83 points

    January 2, 2014 - Opened and poured, this light bodied, light red to pink pinot broadcasts an oaky, medicinal nose of mushroom and an odd musky note of pinot clone. Lithe and feminine, this is showing its age and I must say following an '04 KB, this wasn't even in the same ball park. Day two + under vac-u-vin, tart cranberry, herbal, vegetal. Not a fan of this bottling at all. Drink now, going downhill.

  • crsprout wrote: 88 points

    December 1, 2011 - Lots of tart cranberry upfront with some greenness/earthiness to give it lots of depth. I too, used a vac-u-vin for a second and third day. Fruit had faded, but was very drinkable both days...

  • Senso-beak wrote: 88 points

    April 1, 2011 - PnP with Sockeye fillet, light bodied, pink to clear at the edges. Pinot musk, oak and mushroom, with a mineral edge and red fruits. Deft weight and balance. Lots of sour cherry and strawberry on the palate, perhaps slight brett, perhaps just the sour notes. Some greenness. Smooth with decent finish. Drink now. Day two under vac-u-vin showing somewhat darker profile, but also slightly faded...coaxing yields some cola notes, with additional tart cranberry on the palate.

    First planted in 1980 by farmer David Hirsch, the Hirsch Vineyard is located on the mountain ridges above the northern California town of Fort Ross at 1500 feet above the ocean surface and 3.5 miles as the crow flies from its crashing waves. One of the pioneers of a region known as the Extreme Sonoma Coast, this 72 acre vineyard is planted mostly with Pinot Noir which thrives above the fog line in the unique and powerful mix of sunlight and cool ocean breezes. Within several years of its planting, the vineyard was recognized as a top source of Pinot Noir.

  • burningstarIV wrote: 91 points

    December 12, 2008 - 50+4+13+16+8=91

  • Bressler wrote: 89 points

    January 5, 2008 - not as clean as last bottle

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Failla
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Hirsch Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma Coast

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  • In Cellars 62 (52%)
  • Consumed 57 (48%)

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