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Littorai Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Littorai Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

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"The 2017 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is a pretty wine, but it also comes across as a bit light, roasted and lacking in freshness. It will be interesting to see if I just caught the 2017 at an awkward stage, or if the intense heat of the year left a strong imprint. The Hirsch Pinot can be a bit difficult in its youth, so we will see what time brings here. 89-92 points

As usual, Ted Lemon offers terrific perspective that comes from both experience and working across a number of sites in both Sonoma and Anderson Valley. Lemon told me he saw more fruit that needed to be sorted out because of heat in Anderson Valley than in Sonoma. "Two thousand seventeen was a warm year," Ted Lemon opined. "But I also saw many days with wider temperature gradients from coastal to inland sites than I am used to." As for the wines, they are superb. Among the 2017s, my impression is that the Pinots have a bit more potential than the Chardonnays. The Wendling in particular is shaping up to be a real gem. The bottled 2016s have turned out as I had expected."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (05/19)