Hirsch was planted in 1980 on the Sonoma Coast when entrepreneur David Hirsch decided that northern California was getting too crowded. The winery was completed in 2002, the same vintage would become the Hirsch family’s first estate release. Everardo Robledo is the estate’s longtime vineyard manager and Anthony Filiberti its winemaker. Jasmine Hirsch, the winery’s ambassador throughout the world, is one of the wine trade’s most dynamic figures today.
The Hirsch estate vineyards are among the most breathtaking in California wine country, set against the otherworldly Sonoma coastline. The family owns 72 acres planted to vine on a nearly 1,000-acre ranch, a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean. Like many of the best sites for fine wine grape growing in California, the proximity to the San Andreas fault is to thank for a wide variety of soil types. The entire estate has been farmed biodynamically since 2014, although not certified.
Even though white wine is not the estate’s focus, the Estate Chardonnay 2014 is a benchmark for the new wave of California Chardonnay: Mineral-driven with bright but never bracing acidity, this wine delivers layers and layers of nuanced stone fruit flavors. The San Andreas Fault Estate Pinot Noir 2014 (GREAT WINE) was, hands down, one of the best wines tasted by the editors of the guide. This wine has just the right touch of savory character to balance its gorgeous red fruit.
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