2016 Hirsch 'Block 8' Estate Pinot Noir
The 2016 Hirsch Block 8 Estate Pinot Noir is made entirely from a single block, a section of the Hirsch Vineyard that David Hirsch has long considered to be his grand cru parcel.
Block 8 is the only site at Hirsch with the Boomer (Mendocino) soil formation. Characterized by a reddish tint from high amounts of iron oxide, the rock and gravel content in the soil averages 40-70% throughout. This results in superb drainage, allowing the roots to run deep and pervasive.
Block 8 is divided into 5 sub-parcels, determined based on rock content, all planted in 1993. The cuttings came from our oldest vines (the Old Vineyard) and are a field blend of the heritage pinot noir clones of Pommard and Wädenswil.
This extraordinary vineyard produces distinctive wines with supple, elegant tannins, explosive fruit aromatics, balanced acidity and complex aromatics.
The 2016 Block 8 Pinot Noir has plush fruit, well-integrated tannins, charming aromatics, and that ineffable Block 8 character. In this wine you will find a pure and focused expression of one of the most unique sections of the Hirsch Vineyard.