2018 Hirsch Vineyards West Ridge Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast California USA
The West Ridge Pinot Noir also includes the very best barrels from Blocks 6 and 12, planted to the heritage California Pinot Noir clones of Swan and Pommard-Wädenswil. The West Ridge is the most delicate and transparent of their wines, seducing with complexity and mystery, rather than with power.
Extremely beautiful aromas of strawberry, ginger, smoke and dried meat. Full-bodied with chewy tannins that are very well integrated and intense, yet there’s a linear feel through the wine that gives it tension and brightness. Better after 2022.
Rated 95 Points James Suckling
The most elegant, ethereal and delicate wine of the Hirsch Pinot catalogue: this vintage exhibits blue flowers, fresh herbs and pomegranate on the nose. The palate is lacy, weightless and harmonious, while the finish shows drying, super-fine tannins of grace and length. The fruit is from 30-year-old vines planted on dense clay soils, with direct exposure to the Pacific Ocean.
Rated 94 Points Decanter Magazine