Williams Selyem "Hirsch Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2012 Red Wine

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Williams Selyem "Hirsch Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2012

Sonoma Coast, CA

95 pts. Wine Enthusiast, "Cellar Selection"

"This vineyard-designated wine reflects its sense of place remarkably well, offering tight dark cherry and blueberry around a strong character of wild earth, tea and herb. High in acidity and minerality, and yet powerfully understated, it’s gorgeously drinkable now but will gain further complexity through 2022. 95 points, Cellar Selection." —V.B., Wine Enthusiast

Williams Selyem has a long-standing reputation for producing top-quality, highly sought-after Pinot Noirs. In order to buy directly from the winery, a consumer must be "on the list". Their Pinot Noirs are consistently awarded very high scores from the wine critics. The 2012 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot is no exception - Wine Enthusiast rated it 95 points, "Cellar Selection", and it was well deserved! This Pinot is absolutely delicious and well worth the price! A gem to be savored, it is incredible now and will only continue to improve with age!

Winemaker’s Notes

Wild herbs and dark berries permeate the nose of the 2012 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir. Chinese five-spice and black tea complete the exotic aromatic profile. Powerful on the palate with intense berry and herb flavors, this wine remains lithe as it is tempered by a freshness of orange and citrus peel. Minerals on the finish give the palate a dramatic punctuation.

The Vineyard

The Hirsch Vineyard is located above Fort Ross on a rugged, mountainous ridge parallel to the Pacific shore at an altitude of roughly 1,500 feet above sea level. David Hirsch farms 72 acres of his 1,100 acre ridgetop ranch, planted mostly in Pinot noir. Though located within 3.5 miles of the ocean, the vineyard is well above the marine fogline, receiving radiant sunlight throughout the day during the growing season. In close proximity to the San Andreas Fault line, the vineyard consists of a patchwork of blocks with geologically diverse soils and varying exposures and a variety of clones. Hirsch Blocks 4B, 5E and 6F that make up the Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir are planted in Mt. Eden, Pommard and Swan clones, respectively.

Harvest 2012

Simply put, the 2012 vintage was amazing in many respects. After the cool growing seasons of 2010 and 2011, which resulted in excellent quality but very low yields, Mother Nature was smiling on us in 2012 with superb growing conditions for a bountiful harvest. The exceptional weather during the spring allowed for moderate vegetative growth, superb flowering conditions and an above average fruit set — berries and clusters sized up beyond original expectations. 2012 was a vintage where ripe mature stems, seeds and skin tannins were achieved with harmoniously balanced natural acidity. Enveloped with pure intense aromas, juicy flavors and rich textures, these structured wines are clearly the result of a truly extraordinary vintage. A vintage like this, where everything comes together perfectly, is rare and will certainly be a vintage to enjoy for many years to come!

Barrel Description:

62% new; 38% 1 year

Barrel Aged: 15 months

Alc.: 13.8%

pH: 3.50

TA: 0.61g/100mL

Release Date: Fall 2014

Drink/Hold: Drink

Optimal Drinking Window: 2016-2026



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