2010 Hirsch Vineyards Estate Chardonnay
The 2010 vintage yielded a very small crop in our Chardonnay vines, but produced a wine of astounding power and concentration, held in check by delicacy and restrained ripeness.
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As with all the wines from Hirsch, the purpose of our Chardonnay is to bring you a profound expression of this unique vineyard site. Through our farming and winemaking, we strive to bring the acidity and minerality of the site forward, with fruit and oak playing a secondary role. There are less than 4 acres of Chardonnay vines planted at Hirsch, and 100% of the fruit is kept for the estate.
Made by Hirsch winemaker Ross Cobb, the 2010 Chardonnay was pressed and transferred to French oak barrels, approximately 25% new. Primary and malolactic fermentations occurred in barrel. Very minimal lees stirring was employed, and the wine was not racked until just before bottling.
Oct. 1-12, 2010
0.61 mg / 100ml
25% new French oak
On the nose, citrus, spring flowers, and hints of pineapple, guava, and Tahitian vanilla. First impressions on the palate of richness and lemon curd, with a succulent acidity. The mouthfeel is very rich, balanced by a piercing acidity reminiscent of fine lace. Intense impression of minerality, and a very long, persistent finish.