Jeb Dunnuck 97
"I loved the 2017 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard, the gem in the lineup. Ethereal notes of wild strawberries, kirsch, white flowers, and spice all flow to a medium-bodied, elegant, seamless effort that carries terrific intensity and depth yet stays weightless and vibrant. This is California Pinot Noir at its most perfumed, complex, and elegant. Its already impossible to resist, but my money is on it evolving gracefully for at least 10-12 years."
If Californias vineyard sources were classified similar to the French AOC system, several of the blocks at the Hirsch Vineyard would be categorized as Grand Cru.
David Hirsch founded the vineyard in 1980 to grow fruit and make site-specific wine. From the start all efforts have been on the growing of fruit that makes wines profoundly characteristic of the site vintage after vintage. At 1500' the Pacific Ocean is visible three miles to the southwest through the redwoods and firs that dot the slopes and meadows. The vineyard sits adjacent to the San Andreas Fault which results in myriad soil types, exposures, and hosts more than 60 distinct blocks over 72 planted acres. Failla is proud to have worked with David and Jasmine Hirsch since 2001. The wines are some of the most long lived, recognizable, and collectible that come from our cellar.
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After cutting his winemaking teeth assisting a consultant in France's Rhone Valley during the difficult 1992 and 1993 vintages, Ehren Jordan went on to make powerful Petite Sirahs and Zinfandels for Turley Wine Cellars. The lessons he learned in France about maximizing ripeness in challenging conditions now serve Jordan at the 85-acre property on the Sonoma Coast, about 2.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. In 1998 Ehren planted another parcel contiguous to their first, and in 2002 planted it with five acres of rootstock before grafting six selections of long-coveted Pinot Noir scion material the following year. Ehren's commitment to the highest standards of viticultural practice, coupled with his education in France and throughout California, is expressed every bottle of Failla Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic