2012 Hirsch, Chardonnay, Hirsch Vineyard Estate, Sonoma Coast.
Beautifully pure and detailed, the new Hirsch Chardonnay is a wonderful and vibrant wine, done in a sleek, crystalline and lean style. Ross Cobb, winemaker and Jasmine Hirsch have teamed up to producer another winner to go along with the latest Pinots, everything I’ve tasted from Hirsch lately has been a huge success and each wine has been remarkable, I was impressed with the depth they managed to achieve in 2011 with their San Andreas Pinot, and this lovely Chardonnay, coming in at about 13.3% alcohol, is really worth checking out as well. The 2012 Hirsch Chard starts with vivid lemon, apple and white peach with a sense on mineral, fig, river stones, plus hints of white flowers, hazelnuts and bosc pear. The soul of this wine is it’s vigor and acidity, but there is depth, richness and length too, much like a fine Chassagne-Montrachet, and I would expect some nice bottle development to come as well. There latest from Hirsch points to a great future for this Cru vineyard in the wilds of the Sonoma Coast and while people will gravitate to their Pinot Noir, with good reason, don’t overlook their Chardonnay, like Peay, it is a very classy and stylish wine, drink over the next 3 to 5 years.
($65 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive
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