Under the Wire
Under The Wire's first release from this iconic vineyard. Just a few miles from the ocean, this is the real Sonoma Coast. Planted at 1500’, Hirsch is a vineyard of extremes. The vineyard itself sees an incredible 80” average of rain during the winter. During the growing season it can get warm but has a heavy fog influence in the morning and late afternoon. Whether it is driving to the vineyard, trying to find cell service to call a tow truck (there isn’t any) or growing grapes, nothing is easy on the true Sonoma Coast.
Farmed using organic and biodynamic methods.
Foot stomped, the grapes were left to soak for a couple hours prior to pressing. The Vin Claire was fermented with native yeasts in neutral oak barrels.
The wine was put down for secondary fermentation after six months in barrel and disgorged in May of 2017 with 2 grams of dosage.
The immediate reaction of Morgan and Chris when tasting this wine just before release was that “this smells like the true Sonoma Coast.” What does that mean? Well, there is a wild raspberry bush just as you turn off Meyers Grade on the way to the vineyard. Go there and pick a few of the raspberries while feeling the first rays of sun and smelling the last wisps of ocean fog. Maybe be a little sleep deprived from falling in love. That is Hirsch.
Under the Wire's 2014 Pinot Noir (Sparkling) Hirsch Vineyard is beguiling and eccentric in every way. Then again, this is Hirsch fruit we are talking about & grapes that are exceedingly hard to come by these days. Lifted, exquisitely perfumed aromatics meld into a core of silky, sensual fruit. A wine of captivating beauty, the 2014 Hirsch continues to open up in the glass with myriad layers of nuance and complexity. What a gorgeous and totally unique wine this is.
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