Under the Wire 2014 Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose, Hirsch Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Item Number: 10973
Sub Region: Sonoma
Appellation/AVA: Sonoma Coast
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Hirsch Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Elevation: 1,500 feet
This is Under the Wire’s first release from the iconic Hirsh Vineyard. Just a few miles from the ocean, this is the real Sonoma Coast. Planted at 1,500 feet, Hirsch is a vineyard of extremes. The drive alone is one that has turned many tires into useless pieces of rubber. With a couple tons of fruit on the truck heading down the 18% grade road, Chris and Morgan have definitely removed their seatbelts just in case bailing out due to faulty brakes was necessary. The vineyard itself sees an incredible 80-inch average of rain during the winter. During the growing season it can get warm but has a heavy fog influence in the morning and late afternoon. Whether it is driving to the vineyard, trying to find cell service to call a tow truck (there isn’t any) or growing grapes, nothing is easy on the true Sonoma Coast. However, the wines are stunning. There is a wild raspberry bush just as you turn off Meyers Grade on the way to the vineyard. Go there and pick a few of the raspberries while feeling the first rays of sun and smelling the last wisps of ocean fog. Maybe be a little sleep deprived from falling in love. That is Hirsch.
Their first vintage working with the vineyard was 2013, but they’ve decided to release the 2014 first as it is quickly showing the explosive perfume and character from the site. 2014 is a delicately colored rosé, a style that expresses the beautifully delineated and focused flavors of the site. The grapes are foot stomped. They soak for a couple hours prior to pressing. Fermentation occurs with native yeasts in neutral oak barrels. The wine is put down for secondary fermentation after six months in barrel and was disgorged in May of 2017 with 2 grams of dosage.