David Hirsch was a true pioneer of California’s Sonoma Coast. It was a crazy place to grow grapes, with the ocean just a few miles away. In an effort to purchase land before California’s inevitable population influx, Hirsch found a large sheep ranch in Sonoma. Since no one wanted to be there (the area used to be redwood forests, but had since been completely logged), Hirsch purchased a large 400 acre property, and it didn’t cost him much.
Persuaded by a friend to plant grapes, Hirsch’s property soon flourished and became the birth ground of great Pinot Noir on the extreme Sonoma Coast. With minimal interest in winemaking, Hirsch first began selling fruit to cult Pinot producers like Williams Selyem, Flowers and Littorai. It wasn’t until 2002 that David decided that Hirsch would make their own wines, and this was without a doubt a fantastic decision.
The wines from Hirsch Vineyards give the passionate drinker an experience of the clash of opposites meeting in Nature and Life: the edge of the continent washed by the sea; the eviternal grinding of the North American and Pacific plates along the San Andreas Fault; the wet winters and dry summers caused by the ocean and desert climates; the dripping rainforest and parched pastures; the contact and intermingling of cultures: Native American, Mexican, Russian, European; the change in rural economy from logging and ranching to winegrowing.
In the wines of Hirsch Vineyards you find a natural balance and consistency in the harmonious resolution of these opposites. This complex, unique site produces fruit and wines of unusual acidity and balance with a vintage specific concentration of pinot noir or chardonnay fruit. These are wines to be enjoyed now or laid down for future consumption.
Made with grapes from the Pinot grower in Sonoma, it’s no wonder that the Hirsch Vineyards wines are some of the most sought-after in the area. Everyone wants to get their hands on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made by the man himself.