Hirsch Vineyards, Raschen Ridge Estate Pinot Noir 2016Regular price $100.00 Save $-100.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
Stand above the fog line and glimpse the power of the Pacific at 1500 ft. elevation and you’ll begin to understand what attracted David Hirsch to his extreme site back in 1980. Hirsch was not born into the wine world. Rather he was a lover of pinot noir, more specifically Burgundy, to which I can very much relate. Buying and selling textiles between the US and France, he reached a turning point. The lure of a quiet farm life with his family brought him to Fort-Ross Seaview, on the Sonoma coast, just three hours from San Francisco. The property sits on a ridgeline, cleared of redwoods and fir trees with a climate that is incredibly coastal. Straddling the San Andreas Fault, the soils are intensely complex. Most world class vineyard sites are known for only having a few soils. Hirsch, on the other hand, has 44 different soil types. It should come as no surprise that this is one of the most expressive and important vineyards in the US.
Raschen Ridge is made from the highest elevation vineyards at Hirsch. Even though Hirsch founded the vineyard in 1980, he did not make “Raschen Ridge” a single vineyard bottling until 2014. This came from years of observation and patience at which point the realization solidified. In this area of Sonoma Coast, you find many ironies: wet winters and dry summers, ocean and desert climate, dripping rainforest and parched pasture.