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2017 Hirsch Vineyards Raschen Ridge Pinot Noir

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

94Jeb Dunnuck

...lots of Gevrey-like darker black (and almost blue) fruits, violets, peppery herbs, earth, and smoke. Medium-bodied and concentrated, with firm yet ripe tannins, it has a great mid-palate, beautiful balance, and a great finish.

93James Suckling

A complex pinot with strawberries, white truffles, caramel, bark and even sweet conifer. It’s full-bodied with layers of fruit and chewy tannins that shows serious focus and tension. Smoky and earthy at the finish.

90Wine Spectator

There's a rich earthiness to the dried red fruit and spice flavors of this red, featuring plenty of sanguine accents. The loamy finish offers crisp minerality.

REGION

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.

TYPE

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.