Hirsch Vineyards

West Ridge Pinot Noir

9.4144 ratings
9.575 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Writing notes from memory rather than real time as I normally do.

I’ve never loved many of the 2010 Napa/Sonoma wines. For me, they just don’t show the body and structure I’ve become accustom to from the region in their best years. 2010 was cooler, had more overcast/hazy days and some rain at harvest that complicated things.

The West Ridge showed nice fruits of; black cherry, strawberries, cherries, some lean blackberries, cranberries and pomegranate. The fruits were lighter in style on the first night from Coravin. The second night the wine put on some weight. It was mostly fruit and not a lot of complexity. However, had some very and I mean very light baking spices, hint of herbaceous and soft understated minerals and limestone. Rounded out with some fresh pink & red florals. The acidity was very nice. However, the finish while nicely fruit driven, smooth & elegant, it left me a little palate empty and wanting more from the bottling.

I did enjoy the lower 12.8% ABV though...wish more producers were in the 12-13% range.

Photos of; the Hirsch tasting room, Owner David Hirsch, their barrel room and one of their Sonoma vineyards.

Writing notes from memory rather than real time as I normally do.

I’ve never loved many of the 2010 Napa/Sonoma wines. For me, they just don’t show the body and structure I’ve become accustom to from the region in their best years. 2010 was cooler, had more overcast/hazy days and some rain at harvest that complicated things.

The West Ridge showed nice fruits of; black cherry, strawberries, cherries, some lean blackberries, cranberries and pomegranate. The fruits were lighter in style on the first night from Coravin. The second night the wine put on some weight. It was mostly fruit and not a lot of complexity. However, had some very and I mean very light baking spices, hint of herbaceous and soft understated minerals and limestone. Rounded out with some fresh pink & red florals. The acidity was very nice. However, the finish while nicely fruit driven, smooth & elegant, it left me a little palate empty and wanting more from the bottling.

I did enjoy the lower 12.8% ABV though...wish more producers were in the 12-13% range.

Photos of; the Hirsch tasting room, Owner David Hirsch, their barrel room and one of their Sonoma vineyards.

Oct 23rd, 2018
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.3

Getting a little tired, but still delicious.

Getting a little tired, but still delicious.

Aug 11th, 2018
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.3

Just picked berries, spice and dried herbs. Delicious. #hirschvineyard

Just picked berries, spice and dried herbs. Delicious. #hirschvineyard

Jan 17th, 2018
Clement Cariot

Sommelier Bleu Provence

9.5

West ridge is the best California Pinot without a doubt, maybe even in the US

West ridge is the best California Pinot without a doubt, maybe even in the US

5 people found it helpfulJan 30th, 2014
Anthony Filiberti

Winemaker Knez Winery & Anthill Farms

9.5

My new job

My new job

3 people found it helpfulDec 9th, 2015
Jasmine Hirsch

Sales & Marketing Hirsch Vineyards, founder In Pursuit of Balance

9.3

One of my favorite Hirsch wines.

One of my favorite Hirsch wines.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 13th, 2014
Pedro Rusk

Wine Educator Kendall Jackson

9.7

Sexy wine nice job Ross

Sexy wine nice job Ross

2 people found it helpfulMay 29th, 2013
Julia Weinberg

Smitten with the first sip. It's pretty damn magical.

Smitten with the first sip. It's pretty damn magical.

2 people found it helpfulJan 25th, 2013
Drew Summers

Sales Northampton Wines

9.5

Best Californian Pinot in Recent Memory...Stallions for Brunch 🐎

Best Californian Pinot in Recent Memory...Stallions for Brunch 🐎

1 person found it helpfulMar 23rd, 2017
Jasmine Hirsch

Sales & Marketing Hirsch Vineyards, founder In Pursuit of Balance

9.2

Taking the 2013 Hirsch Pinots for a test drive!

Taking the 2013 Hirsch Pinots for a test drive!

1 person found it helpfulJul 7th, 2015