2013 Hirsch "West Ridge" Estate Pinot Noir
The west ridge is a series of hilltop vineyard blocks, spread like vertebrae along a spine. The 2013 West Ridge Pinot Noir is a selection from three of the very best blocks on the West Ridge: Blocks 6E, 7 and 8A. These are planted to the heritage California clones which make up this wine: the earthy and ethereal Mt Eden clone; the aromatic and floral Swan; and a dash of the sexy Pommard.
The West Ridge is the most delicate of our wines, with soft tannins and transparent fruit. It is a wine that seduces with complexity and mystery, rather than with power.
The ideal growing conditions in 2013 produced gorgeous, aromatic wines. The pinot noirs are charming and delicious now, and you will be hard pressed to resist enjoying them young. However they may also be cellared for some years, and will only grow in complexity and subtlety with age.