2018 Hirsch 'West Ridge' Estate Pinot Noir
The West Ridge Estate Pinot Noir is a selection of the finest and most expressive blocks on the West Ridge of Hirsch. Planted between 1990 and 2003, these are entirely heritage California Pinot Noir clones: the earthy and ethereal Mt Eden; the aromatic and floral Swan; and the structured and sexy Pommard-Wädenswil.
The West Ridge is a series of hilltop vineyard blocks, spread like vertebrae along a spine. The soils on the West Ridge are highly heterogeneous, ranging from heavy black clay to sand to loam to yellow clay mixed with rock.
The West Ridge is the most delicate of our Pinot Noirs, with soft tannins and transparent fruit. This wine seduces with complexity and mystery, rather than with power. The 2018 West Ridge is elegantly ripe, with a sweet, minty nose and hints of flowers. The palate is juicy and supple, with a persistent mid-palate that is a hallmark of the West Ridge Pinot Noir