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 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.
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.
Aromas of black cherry followed by complex dark fruit flavors. A pricey bottle that's actually worth it.
Second tasting 07/24/2010. The second tasting of this wine showed off even more of its extraordinary richness and balance. Wine Fire reviewers gave it a unanimous first place in a summer Pinot finals, pitting winners of a series of previous competitions for this varietal. The nose greets with a lovely cherry and floral bouquet, with notes of plum and dark fruit weaving a sexy and seductive array of pleasing aromas. On the palate, a gentle acidity and well-balanced fruit medley provide a broad array of changing tastes. Over three hours, each sip surprises with a new variation on the themes of cherry, plum, floral, and spice (especially sage and clove). A silky mouthfeel surrounds a voluptuous and complex array of tastes leading to a truly satisfying finish.
This astounding wine opens with a lively array of aromatics. Spicy tones join a complex mix of cherry and bright fruits, intermingling with percussive plum and sage, giving breadth and depth and height to this opulent nose. The palate is pleasantly acidic with sage-driven cherry and bright fruits presenting counterpointed fugues and filling in the strong tannic structure. Good balance and rich concentrations continue throughout many changes. Goes well with brie, gouda and cheddar cheeses, salmon, lamb, pork, turkey, sweet potatoes, chocolate, nuts and all red and dark fruits. Acidity sustains the ongoing evolution of the wine and leads to a warm silky mouthfeel and salivating tongue. Vibrant, complex, long finish with juicy flavors dripping off the sides of the tongue. Wine Fire group tasting 07/04/2010.
Four and a half glasses
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A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2003 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard 750ml
...a beautifully fruity, dark ruby-colored wine with loads of apple skin, cherry jam, and spice in its aromatics and flavors. There is tangy underlying acidity, fine ripeness, and a fleshy mouth-feel with just enough acidity and tannin to buttress th... Robert Parker. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 1997 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard 750ml
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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|