Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2020


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California, United States
95 points




It would be impossible to overstate the impact and legacy of David Hirsch on the viticultural scene in the United States. When he bought his remote ranch, perched high on the very cool Sonoma Coast, in 1978 there wasn't a vineyard for miles around, but his decision to plant Pinot Noir in 1980 established him as one of California's new viticultural pioneers. In 2002, with a full understanding of his vineyard gained over nearly 20 vintages, Hirsch decided to build a winery and bottle the best parcels of fruit under his own label.

There is huge complexity of soil and topography across the vineyard, with 67 individual blocks being picked and vinified separately each year. Jasmine Hirsch, David's daughter and one of the most insightful and considerate winemakers you will ever meet, now runs the estate. The process of farming to enable an early harvest has been honed over many vintages, ensuring terroir is never masked by ripeness and delivering wines of refinement, grace, and intensity of flavour without weight. Now fully biodynamic, winemaking has been decidedly hands-off from the outset, and the resulting Pinot Noir - more earthy, more savoury, and with a remarkable ability to age and develop in the cellar - are some of the most highly praised and sought after in the United States.

"The Hirsch family's Sonoma Coast estate is undoubtedly one for the great vineyard sites in the United States." Antonio Galloni

Hirsch Vineyards has again been named one of the Top 100 Wineries of the Year by Wine & Spirits Magazine.

The San Andreas Fault is Hirsch Vineyards’ signature Pinot Noir and is crafted to represent the entirety of this multifaceted vineyard. The 2019 San Andreas Fault has fruit from 36 distinct farming blocks. It is the flagship wine from Hirsch and the wine that represents the summation of the complex vineyard. The vineyard has a fearsome diversity of soils, aspects, elevations, and microclimates. This complexity defines Hirsch’s farming and winemaking practices: each block was individually developed and is now farmed, harvested, and vinified separately.


95 points

This is very mineral, with raspberry, bergamot and some sandalwood. Aromatic. Medium to full body, firm and creamy tannins and along, flavourful finish. Orange peel, too. Chalky. Drinkable on release in 2023, but better in 2024.


Serving Temp.
13-16 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2030
Food pairing
Beef Bourguignon, Roast Chicken, Mushroom fettucine,

Tasting Profile

Charming and complex, with notes of cherries, pomegranate, and baking spice.

Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2020

Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2020

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