2021 Hirsch 'Family Blend' Estate Pinot Noir
The Hirsch Family Blend Estate Pinot Noir is our winemaker’s selection of the most delicious and happiness-inducing barrels from the vintage. This wine has the drinkability and lustiness of our Bohan Dillon Pinot, but with heightened concentration and complexity. The result is a Pinot Noir that combines hedonism with gravitas. While this wine can certainly age, there is tremendous pleasure to be found in the youthful fruit of the Family Blend.
The label is a sketch of David Hirsch, in one of his favorite Hawaiian shirts, enjoying a glass of Hirsch Pinot after a long day in the field. This picture is an encapsulation of David’s character: thoughtful and hard-working, yet ever open to the pleasures of a great bottle of wine.
The 2021 Family Blend is grounded in Block 8, which makes up 30% of the blend and imparts black cherry fruit and notes of plum skin. The East Ridge is also well-represented this year, making up 20% of the blend. Another important component is Block 17, a high elevation vineyard on the Raschen Ridge that produces concentrated but silky wines, with incredible aromatics.
TASTING NOTES: The aromatics of the 2021 Family Blend are a hedonistic mix of fresh blackberries, ripe plum skin, wet stone, and crushed cherries. With air, notes of sage, cassis, orange oil and white flowers emerge. On the palate, the attack is generous, and continues to an inviting and energetic palate. There is a transparency and litheness to the fruit that makes this a deeply pleasurable wine to drink. As is intended with the Family Blend, there is less tannin here, making this a more approachable wine in its youth.
SERVICE NOTES: this wine can be enjoyed young, although we do recommend giving it an hour or two of air before drinking.