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2022 Hirsch 'East Ridge' Estate Pinot Noir

2022 Hirsch 'East Ridge' Estate Pinot Noir
Item Ships: Sep 20, 2024
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The East Ridge is one of the oldest and most unique sections of the Hirsch Vineyard. David Hirsch began planning the East Ridge in 1990 (read the complete history here). Beginning at an elevation of 1,600 feet, it slopes steeply into the eastern canyon. Fog gathers in the canyon at night, and during the day, cool ocean breezes circulate amongst the vines. However it is often the first place the fog burns off in the morning, making it a relatively warmer site.

Eighty percent of the old vines on the East Ridge are stricken with phylloxera, resulting in some of the lowest yields at Hirsch, and requiring intensive and meticulous vine-by-vine farming. The low yields contribute to a notable concentration of fruit in the East Ridge Pinot Noir. The phylloxera also devigorates the vines, inhibiting photosynthesis and slowing sugar accumulation. This combination of low vigor and low yields results in a wine of dark-fruited concentration tempered by elegance and naturally low alcohol. It is a masculine and structured expression of the Hirsch Vineyard, with fantastic concentration and energy

The 2022 Hirsch East Ridge Estate Pinot Noir is a selection of the very best barrels from the finest and most expressive blocks on the East Ridge. Years of intense biodynamic soil care have helped restore vigor and energy to the old vines. In addition, the newer plantings on the East Ridge are now coming up on twenty years of age, and they are able to play a larger role in the blend. The result is wines of greater ripeness than in prior years, complimented by the dark fruit and notable tannins that characterize the East Ridge Pinot Noir.
TASTING NOTES: 2022 produced a stellar example of the East Ridge Pinot Noir. Upon opening, concentrated aromatics of muscular dark fruit immediately bring you to the East Ridge. Cherries and dried cranberries intermingle with notes of dried wild herbs, rose, anise and a hint of wet stone. The palate is dense but juicy, with a massive structure and chiseled tannins.

SERVICE NOTES: Always one of our most tannic wines, the 2022 East Ridge will need time to unwind. We recommend holding for at least two years before drinking.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Fort-Ross Seaview, West Sonoma Coast
Vineyard Designation
Hirsch Vineyards
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