Two hours from San Francisco, tucked away on a ridge 5 miles up a dirt road, Hirsch Vineyards flows wave-like over the coastal ridge, with the Pacific Ocean visible 3 miles to the southwest. This is the coastal rainforest. Rainfall is abundant at an average annual 80 inches. The summer climate is dry, desert-like. This climatic chaos is coupled with a geology containing a highly varied mélange of sandstone-based soils and assorted rock placed at random across the rolling hills and ridges on which the vineyards are planted: an erratic climate working on highly variegated soils and exposures and slopes. A mile to the west of the ranch and down in the recess of the planet’s crust, the Pacific and North American plates contact and grind away. This is the land of the San Andreas Fault. It is the cause of the soils’ continual slipping and sliding as the land moves downward toward the streams and the ocean. The pinot noirs are characterized by fruit intensity, a profound tannic structure, and complexity. The 2016 San Andreas Fault has fruit from 33 distinct farming blocks, more than any other wine made from the Hirsch Vineyard. It is the flagship wine from Hirsch, and the wine that represents the summation of the complex vineyard. Aged in 100% French oak barrels, 27% new.