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2011 Hirsch Vineyards San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir, 1.5ltr

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific


90Stephen Tanzer

Offers lively redcurrant and raspberry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate, with tangy acidity providing lift and cut. Becomes weightier with air, picking up a smoky nuance that lingers on a youthfully tannic, persistent finish.


United States, California, Sonoma, Sonoma Coast

Sonoma Coast AVA runs from San Pablo Bay in the south to Mendocino County in the north. It includes 7,000 vineyard acres and earned AVA status in 1987. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean means it gets double the rainfall of nearby inland appellations and the ocean gives the appellation a relatively cool climate. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can thrive in these conditions, and there are numerous producers making critically acclaimed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.