Hartford Court Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard 2007

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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)

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Hartford Court:
High Personality Wines Making delicious wines of high personality is directly related to the difficult locations of our vineyard sources, the limited production of our bottlings and the varietals we use. "Character through adversity" is an expression that we believe applies to people and grapevines and surviving adversity builds character, and personality, in both. Single-Vineyard and Limite... Read more
High Personality Wines Making delicious wines of high personality is directly related to the difficult locations of our vineyard sources, the limited production of our bottlings and the varietals we use. "Character through adversity" is an expression that we believe applies to people and grapevines and surviving adversity builds character, and personality, in both. Single-Vineyard and Limited Bottlings Small and low-yielding vineyards deliver meager amounts of expressive and personality-rich wine. Our single-vineyard Hartford Court Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays total as few as 93 cases up to about 800 cases. Likewise, our Hartford Old-Vine Zinfandels are produced in small quantities. Pinot Noir We love Pinot Noir and in many years make about eight of them with fruit from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Green Valley, Carneros and Anderson Valley appellations. We feel that Pinot Noir makes the most seductive red wine, notable for its supple, silky texture. Pinot Noir is also known for expressing vineyard site characteristics in a transparent manner. Chardonnay Cool climate Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley Chardonnay vineyards are singularly expressive. Those that are planted with multiple clones, specially matched to their sites, also reflect the distinctive terroir in these high-risk, high-reward locations. Old-Vine Zinfandel Our 80-100 year old Zinfandel vineyards are irreplaceable treasures - and we source our vineyard designated Russian River Valley Zinfandels (150-500 cases) from some of the oldest Zinfandel vineyards in California. The complexity and depth of flavors from these vineyards produce the most consistently bold and unctuous Zinfandels found anywhere. Read less

Member Reviews for Hartford Court Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard

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Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
4.00 5
02/18/2012

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.


Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
4.00 5
09/13/2010

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.


Snooth User: Nan1973
8794825
5.00 5
07/03/2011

Aromas of black cherry followed by complex dark fruit flavors. A pricey bottle that's actually worth it.



Tasting Notes:

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.

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)

Aged 15 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% French oak; 60% new

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.3% pH: 3.42
Total Acidity: 0.62 grams per liter

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