Lioco Pinot Noir Hirsch
| Wine & Spirits 94 points (Oct 2014)
This is Lioco’s fifth vintage working with fruit from David Hirsch’s far-coast vineyard, the vines planted on a series of ridgetops 3.5 miles from the Pacific. Lioco gets mostly Mount Eden and Pommard selection fruit. Their 2012 is a profound rendition of Hirsch, the complex spiciness of stems (40 percent of the ferment included whole clusters) giving way to airy brightness, the fruit practically levitating off the palate with notes of red raspberry, pomegranate and green tea. The wine’s delicate coastal perfume lingers in a near-endless finish, clean and cool and precise. (250 cases)
Vinous 91 points (Jan 2015)
The 2012 Pinot Noir Hirsch is pretty and open, with good immediacy and intensity. Crushed flowers, red stone fruits and spices open up nicely in a Pinot that shows good overall complexity. As good as the 2012 is, it is also pretty clear these are not the very best blocks off the property. Here, too, 2013 will be the last vintage for the Hirsch.
|Wine maker notes
|A benchmark pinot vineyard personifying “the true Sonoma coast.” Perched on the second ridge from the Pacific Ocean, a mere 3.5 miles from the sea on California’s most active seismic fault (the San Andreas). Pinot Noir clones Mt. Eden and Pommard planted in the
early 1980’s on various exposures at elevations of 1100-1400 ft. in soil composed of complex calcareous seabed material. Impeccably farmed by the trail-breaking David Hirsch.