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2016 Hirsch 'Raschen Ridge' Estate Pinot Noir

2016 Hirsch 'Raschen Ridge' Estate Pinot Noir
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Recently reviewed in the Wall Street Journal: "Produced from a cool, high-elevation vineyard of a heralded producer, this is a small-production Pinot of great polish and purity. Accessible now, it should age beautifully." Click here to read the complete article (subscription required).

Terroir is within the site; we do not impose it. Our responsibility is to listen and be ready when it shows itself. 

The Raschen Ridge Pinot Noir is the result of this observation and patience. Year after year we tasted these blocks, confirming that indeed, this was a singular expression within the Hirsch Vineyard that should be bottled on its own. Finally in 2014 we made the first vintage of this wine. 

Made from the highest elevation vineyards at Hirsch, the Raschen Ridge is where our marine, riverine and continental climates meet, merging heat & coolness, moisture and dryness, uplift and erosion. The wine is itself an exercise in resolved opposites: sexy and serious, drinkable and age-worthy, for both the hedonist and the collector.

Henry Raschen (1854–1937) was a painter of the American West who lived on the ranch that is now Hirsch Vineyards. Old-timers called our ranch the Raschen Place, and Henry’s house stood here until 1954.

Vine age breakdown:
13% - planted 1996
73% - planted 2002-03
13% - planted 2007-11

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
Vineyard Designation
Hirsch Vineyards
Alcohol %