2013 Hirsch Vineyards Block 8 Estate Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., pH 3.58, 336 cases, TA 0.58, $85 (sold out). Released January 26, 2016, highly allocated. David Hirsch considers this his grand cru parcel. This block was planted in 1993 to Pommard and Wädenswil clones. Aged in 100% French oak barrels, 35% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very shy, but pleasant aromas of plum sauce, black cherry pie and floral bouquet. Elegant and charming, with flavors of black raspberry, black cherry and spice, with a noticeable iron riff. The soft tannins are slightly astringent. This wine exhibits the longest finish of the 2013 Hirsch Pinot Noirs making it most appealing. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine was more enthralling and the finish continued to define its excellence. Score: 92. Reviewed April 22, 2016

Winery: Hirsch Vineyards
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir