Hartford Court Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard 2007
95 points Wine Enthusiast: The winery's most expensive wine comes from very low-yielding Martini selection grapes planted in 1975. The '07, tasted at a bit more than one year of age, was pronounced in smoky oak and robust tannins, showing jammy flavors of blackberries, cherries, blueberries, anise, cloves and cedar. Hold this powerful wine until 2011. (Aug 2009)
The nose on this complex Pinot is smoky at launch, with notes of plum, raspberry, cherry, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, crème brulee, anise, and paprika in tow. Floral and woodsy tones follow, with hints of juniper, grass and rosemary in a complex array of layers that open over 30 minutes. The palate is slightly peppery on the attack, with brief astringency, followed by an array of carmel, crème brulee, dark fruits, spicy plum and emerging cherry, vanilla, chocolate, licorice and toffee undertones. Hints of zucchini and tomato add an intermittent vegetal flare. White pepper adds zing on the moderately long finish.
The nose on this big, complex wine is smokey at launch, with notes of plum, raspberry, cherry, vanilla, chocolate, toffee and paprika in tow. Woodsy tones follow, with hints of juniper, grass and rosemary in a complex array of layers that open over 30 minutes. The palate is slightly peppery on the attack, with brief astringency, followed by arrays of carmel, crème brulee, dark fruits, spicy plum and emerging cherry, vanilla, chocolate, and toffee undertones. Our guess is that this exquisite wine could use another 2 years in the cellar to match its 2004 vintage, which, although rated lower by R.P., is currently more explosive and scrumtious.
Aromas of black cherry followed by complex dark fruit flavors. A pricey bottle that's actually worth it.
Food Pairings for Hartford Court Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard
The 2007 Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir is a deep, garnet-colored wine with complex aromas of red raspberries, grilled sage and baking spices. Concentrated red raspberry and Queen Anne cherry flavors complement silky tannins, layers of complexity and an incredibly long finish.
Aged 15 months in French Oak.
Notes: 100% French oak; 60% new
|Alcohol: 14.3%||pH: 3.42|
|Total Acidity: 0.62 grams per liter|
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