2014 Hirschy Vineyard Pinot Noir
We picked Hirschy Vineyard Dijon clone 115 on September 16th at 25.8 degrees Brix and pH 3.28 and the Pommard Pinot Noir on September 18th, 2014 at 24.7 degrees Brix and pH 3.21. Though the fruit had some of the highest sugars and acids of any fruit harvested in 2014, the fruit was clean and had no desiccation or raisoning from the excessive heat. We harvested more than 11.4 tons of fruit from Hirschy in 2014, nearly 5.7 tons coming from each block.
The 2014 Hirschy Vineyard Pinot Noir is a five-barrel blend from three different lots. The blend is 80% Dijon clone 115 and 20% Pommard from vines planted in 2007. The blackberry, black currant and sweet raspberry explode from the glass with hints of butter and toasted English muffins from the oak and notes of pleasant herbaceousness from the stem inclusion. Balanced tannins coat the mouth and finish with refined elegance as the juicy acidity persists. The fruit profile is complex and dark and gives the sense that along with the fine structure, this wine has the ability to age for 10-12 years or more.