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Hartford Court Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Arrendell 2004

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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.

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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

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Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
4.50 5
11/06/2010

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.


Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
4.50 5
11/06/2010

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.


Snooth User: WineFire1
57801720
5.00 5
09/12/2010

Five glasses



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