Littorai

Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.321 ratings
9.36 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

I was going to get the 2009 Domaine Leroy Bourgogne but, that turned out to pretty much vinegar. Not our bottle. You have to order wine from the Nepenthe menu with restaurants suffering through lost Covid-19 business. We brought a 2010 Williams Selyem. That will have to wait for another day.

Bottle is delicious just starting to show some brickish on the edge of the glass. Not sure why I don’t see more of this producer on Delectable. They really do make some outstanding Pinot Noirs.

The nose reveals ripe & somewhat candied; black cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries with shades of rhubarb. Savory meats, light smoke, fresh tobacco notes, steeped fruit tea, limestone minerals, dry crush rocks, dark spice, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, mostly dry, dark, earth, red licorice/cola, cherry kirsch liqueur notes with fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple florals set in a field of violet & lavender.

The palate is, juicy, round, ripe and lush with nice viscosity. Ripe & somewhat candied; black cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries with shades of rhubarb. Savory meats, light smoke, fresh tobacco notes, steeped fruit tea, limestone minerals, dry crush rocks, dark spice with some pronounced heat, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, sage, mostly dry, dark, earth, dry top soil, underbrush, red licorice/cola, cherry kirsch liqueur notes with fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple florals set in a field of violet & lavender. The acidity is really nice...flowing like a cool gentle stream. The long finish is; round, sexy, well balanced fruit & earth, elegant, well polished and persist nicely ending with pronounced mid dark spice on the long set.

I was going to get the 2009 Domaine Leroy Bourgogne but, that turned out to pretty much vinegar. Not our bottle. You have to order wine from the Nepenthe menu with restaurants suffering through lost Covid-19 business. We brought a 2010 Williams Selyem. That will have to wait for another day.

Bottle is delicious just starting to show some brickish on the edge of the glass. Not sure why I don’t see more of this producer on Delectable. They really do make some outstanding Pinot Noirs.

The nose reveals ripe & somewhat candied; black cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries with shades of rhubarb. Savory meats, light smoke, fresh tobacco notes, steeped fruit tea, limestone minerals, dry crush rocks, dark spice, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, mostly dry, dark, earth, red licorice/cola, cherry kirsch liqueur notes with fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple florals set in a field of violet & lavender.

The palate is, juicy, round, ripe and lush with nice viscosity. Ripe & somewhat candied; black cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries with shades of rhubarb. Savory meats, light smoke, fresh tobacco notes, steeped fruit tea, limestone minerals, dry crush rocks, dark spice with some pronounced heat, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, sage, mostly dry, dark, earth, dry top soil, underbrush, red licorice/cola, cherry kirsch liqueur notes with fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple florals set in a field of violet & lavender. The acidity is really nice...flowing like a cool gentle stream. The long finish is; round, sexy, well balanced fruit & earth, elegant, well polished and persist nicely ending with pronounced mid dark spice on the long set.

Sep 4th, 2020
Renato Hoyle

Wonderful aromatics, high acid, light but not flabby. Nice balance

Wonderful aromatics, high acid, light but not flabby. Nice balance

Oct 7th, 2018
Yianni Stone

Light coastal red fruits

Light coastal red fruits

Jan 30th, 2017
Bryan Kesting

Beautiful wine.

Beautiful wine.

Aug 14th, 2021
Bryan Kesting

A Shay A inspiration @Shay A. Drinking wonderfully right now. No need to rush but don’t hesitate if you have the urge.

A Shay A inspiration @Shay A. Drinking wonderfully right now. No need to rush but don’t hesitate if you have the urge.

Jan 1st, 2020
Tracy Byrnes

Gorgeous, balanced wine. Strong backbone of acidity and tannins. Cherry and minerality. Absolutely love this wine!!

Gorgeous, balanced wine. Strong backbone of acidity and tannins. Cherry and minerality. Absolutely love this wine!!

Mar 30th, 2019
Jeffrey Lew

En Mag. One of my favorite Cali Pinots. Been buying Littori forever and always surprises me how good the wine is from a magnum. Has that extra sparkle from the nose to the fruit it’s fantastic. Kudos to Ted Lemon and his amazing wines. Thank You.

En Mag. One of my favorite Cali Pinots. Been buying Littori forever and always surprises me how good the wine is from a magnum. Has that extra sparkle from the nose to the fruit it’s fantastic. Kudos to Ted Lemon and his amazing wines. Thank You.

Nov 24th, 2018
Greg Wright

Dark cherries, leather, lavender and impeccable balance. Aromatic intensity and great depth. Should drink well for 10-15 years

Dark cherries, leather, lavender and impeccable balance. Aromatic intensity and great depth. Should drink well for 10-15 years

Mar 22nd, 2018
Gerry Poe

Simply a really great Wine.

Simply a really great Wine.

Jan 10th, 2016
Ken Wu

One bottle left and should develop more fruit with time. Elegant.

One bottle left and should develop more fruit with time. Elegant.

Nov 28th, 2021