2018 Hirsch Vineyards "The Space Within" Pinot Noir

The cat is out of the bag…

This is a unique single barrel collaboration bottled just for Ancona's by California's royal family of Pinot Noir.

The cuvée represents a comprehensive and complex expression of the Hirsch Vineyard—blended across an orchestrated sampling of blocks of the greater vineyard. 

I know I speak for Mitch and the team when I say we’re thrilled to be part of this collaboration. 

We named it “The Space Within”--just as much space on inside as there is on the outside—alludes to the human experience—how each of us has a unique perspective in the way we experience the world. Artwork by Mitch Ancona

Just 25 cases were produced--that's 300 bottles—a single barrel. 

The Vineyard:

Hirsch Vineyard is a really special place. 

I’ve long been an admirer. 

This terroir is defined by its immediate proximity to the San Andreas fault and the Pacific Ocean.

It’s hard to imagine the unlikely beginning of this narrative. David Hirsch literally found this former cattle ranch listed in the classified section of the San Francisco Chronicle!

David wasn’t a winemaker. If fact, he wasn’t even a farmer yet. However, in 1980, at the suggestion of a buddy, David planted Pinot Noir on the property, establishing what is perhaps California’s most legendary site for Pinot Noir. 

For context, it's an important detail to acknowledge that David is first and foremost a farmer and that for many years the Hirsch family didn’t produce any wine themselves. 

It was the pedigree of the vineyard, the quality of the fruit, and the dedication of the family farming it that attracted great producers like William Selyem, Littorai, Kistler, Failla, and Lioco, among others.

It wasn’t until 2002 that the family started to vinify some of the fruit themselves and produce their own rendition of Hirsch Vineyard! 

And I gotta say, there is something so utterly distinct about the way this family shepherds Pinot from vineyard to bottle. Of course, they would tell you that it’s the vineyard speaking. 

Over the past decade, David’s daughter Jasmine has become the face of Hirsch vineyards, and she is now the head winemaker. 

This bottling was born when Jasmine visited Ancona’s in April of 2019. Here she is signing the door at the Ancona's Annex: 

When David and I sat down for lunch in NYC this past March, pre-pandemic, I asked him to autograph a bottle for me.


"This one must have slipped under my nose", he said and smiled.

He said he liked the label.

I said I like the wine. 

So much gratitude. 

--Codey Foster, Wine Director


Jasmine Hirsch "#pinotforever" April, 2019. 


My Notes Read: This is simply textbook Hirsch Pinot Noir and As Pinot Noir goes--this is just about as refined, pretty, and soulful as it gets. I know I could spend a whole afternoon on my couch just soaking up the aroma alone which is stamped with all the hallmarks of this great vineyard site. On the palate, the wine is a crystaline, seamless, and layered. Reductive and seductive black cherry takes the foreground while nuances of crushed autumn leaves, white mushrooms, dark minerality, matchstick, and graphite dance in the background. It's uncanny how much flavor concentration is accomplished without adding weight. 12.9% 





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