R. STUART & CO. HIRSCHY VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
fruit leather, cinnamon, Chinese five spice
black cherry, Asian pear, Oolong tea, cardamom and clove
bright beginning and juicy, full palate with an airy finish
Food Pairing Ideas
- Chanterelle Lasagna
- Chicken Marbella
Owned by John and Linda Hirschy, the Hirschy Vineyard is located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The wine has developed a cult following. The vineyard is on Willakenzie soil and planted north/south. We have Block A with about 8/10 of an acre of Dijon 777 clone and 2.2 acres of Dijon 667 clone. We also have Block D of Dijon 777 and some of Block L, which is Wadenswil. These clones are famous for ripening a little earlier and give the wine a juicy mid-palate. We often see bright yet rich, red cherry flavors here and a little “kick” on the finish, which I attribute to slightly higher alcohol. That higher alcohol is barely perceptible however, as it’s balanced by the characteristic richness of the wine. This is one of the warmest sites we work with and it competes for being the first to be harvested in any vintage. Hirschy fans love this wine because it is so deep and complex.
When the fruit comes in from the vineyard to the winery, the first thing we do is destem it – without crushing – into small 1-ton fermenters. We use proprietary yeast, which we’ve cultured from that year’s vineyard samples. Using strains from our many vineyards gives us some complexity. Later in the fermentation process we delestage. The result is large, soft tannins – just the kind we like. We rarely use new oak in our cellar as we much prefer the gentle aging acheived with neutral French oak. In addition, our reserve wines are never filtered. Our goal for each wine is just the right amount of soft tannins, balanced with luscious fruit and bright acidity.
Alc: 13.1%, TA: 5.1 g/L
pH: 3.58, RS: <0.2 (dry)
100% Pinot Noir
Dijon 777, Dijon 667
2017 HIRSCHY VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
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