This might have been bottled as another ‘diaphanous’ Hirsch, except that I liked it better with a small a percentage of one of the parts of the young Fort Ross Pinot Noir vineyard blended in. It would be easier to market this wine as the famous Hirsch vineyard designate (and for more $$)but I would have always wished that I had blended it instead. It is the product of rigorous selection and brutal declassification that tends to drive growers nuts. Alas, it is also our last vintage from Hirsch for the foreseeable future. Like the 1999 Hirsch ‘Diaphanous’, there is the telltale sassafras, delicate mid-palate of red fruits and toasty/earthiness. Unlike our highly structured 1999 Sonoma Coast during its youth, this 2001 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir has a delicate, graceful, lingering finish which lasts surprisingly long.