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Hartford Court Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Arrendell 1995

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Pinot Noir is usually one of the earliest ripening varietals in Sonoma County, but the Arrendell Pinot Noir is often picked after much of Sonoma County’s Cabernet Sauvignon, the latest ripening red varietal, is harvested. The cold meso-climate that results from cool air settling in this low-lying vineyard preserves natural acidity in the grapes and helps protect the purity expression of the unique, ultra complex terroir in this wine. Balanced, natural acidity and density of distinct flavors that result from these adverse conditions also accentuates the potential for extended aging of Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noirs.

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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

Pinot Noir is usually one of the earliest ripening varietals in Sonoma County, but the Arrendell Pinot Noir is often picked after much of Sonoma County’s Cabernet Sauvignon, the latest ripening red varietal, is harvested. The cold meso-climate that results from cool air settling in this low-lying vineyard preserves natural acidity in the grapes and helps protect the purity expression of the unique, ultra complex terroir in this wine. Balanced, natural acidity and density of distinct flavors that result from these adverse conditions also accentuates the potential for extended aging of Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noirs.

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