MAGNUM - 2017 Hirsch 'Reserve' Estate Pinot Noir
David Hirsch dreamed for many years of making a reserve Pinot Noir from his vines. Since our first Reserve in 2009, we have endeavored to capture the most complete and powerful expression of the Hirsch Vineyard through selecting our very best and oldest vineyard blocks for this wine.
Lying adjacent to the great San Andreas Fault on the extreme western Sonoma Coast, Hirsch Vineyards is a single vineyard comprised of 61 distinct farming blocks. These blocks cover an area of 72 acres, resulting in a degree of fragmentation that is unmatched even by the famously subdivided vineyards of the Cote de Nuits. Each block was individually developed and planted based on soil, exposure and topography, and each is farmed, harvested and vinified separately. This process enables us to evaluate each farming block separately, and to select only the finest barrels from the most expressive vineyard blocks for the Hirsch Reserve Pinot Noir.
The 2017 vintage gifted us with wines of elegance and delicate structure. The Pinot Noirs are earthy and red fruited, and have a dynamic old school quality, balancing ripeness and tannin. Less tannic than other vintages, they are showing well young.
The 2017 Reserve has dark fruit complimented by savory, earthy aromatics. Classic Hirsch tannins provide backbone and gravitas. A true reserve of very limited production, we recommend holding this wine for a few years before drinking.