2017 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Sometimes the right thing to do is not easy. In 2017, my Hirsch and Habitat wines suffered a bit from the heat. Not, as you might guess, becoming overripe or raisiny. Instead, because I picked them before the heat ravaged the fruit, they are a bit less concentrated and ripe than the would ordinarily be. While I was generally pleased with how they tasted, I didn't feel that they were vineyard-designate level. And when I blended them together they made a delicious, fresh and medium bodied wine.
To my palate, the wine combines the energy and tension of the Barlow fruit (which forms the Habitat) and the exotic spice and structure of the Hirsch. They compliment each other nicely in this wine. Medium red, open and accessible, it's ready to drink now. And at $30, it's a bargain.
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