2012 Hirsch Vineyards West Ridge Estate Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., 320 cases, $85. A selection of the oldest and most exceptional sections on the cool western ridge of Hirsch Vineyard. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A bit tight on the nose, showing shy aromas of dark cherry and espresso. More appealing in the mouth with redder-toned fruit, lacy tannins, and juicy acidity. Very smooth and graceful in a feminine style, with oak intruding a bit on the fruit expression at this young age. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine still offered noticeable oak overlay on the nose and palate bringing the delicate fruit core into subjugation. Score: 90-91. Reviewed November 5, 2015

Winery: Hirsch Vineyards
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