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2011 Hartford Court Far Coast Vineyard Pinot Noir

91-92 Points -

"Full ruby. Primary dark berry and cherry pit aromas are complicated by notes of lavender and peppery spices. Silky and appealingly sweet, offering vibrant black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and an exotic touch of star anise. Silky tannins make a late appearance and add shape to a smooth, clinging finish."
—Stephen Tanzer's, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2013

$70 QTY

Tasting Notes 

Intense dark cherry, pomegranate and cola aromas complement dark cherry and juicy blackberry flavors in this single vineyard “true coastal” gem. Mineral, coffee, cola and Asian spice nuances lead to fine grained and silky tannins on the finish. This is a great example of true Sonoma Coast ridge-top terroir.

Historic Acclaim 

2011: "Outstanding" 91 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2011: "Outstanding" 93 points, The Wine Enthusiast
2011: "Outstanding" 91-92 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2010: "Outstanding" 92-93 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2009: "Outstanding" 92 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2009: "Outstanding" 92 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2007: "Outstanding" 93 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2007: "Outstanding" 92+ points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2007: "Outstanding" 93 points, The Wine Enthusiast
2006: "Outstanding" 93 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2005: "Outstanding" 95 points, Wine & Spirits
2005: "Outstanding" 93 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2005: "Outstanding" 93 points, The Wine Enthusiast

Vineyard & Vintage Character 

Our Far Coast Vineyard is a cool site surrounded by redwood forests, almost two hours north of the Russian River on a Sonoma Coast mountain ridge. It is an area that some call the ‘True Sonoma Coast’. Others would simply describe the distant vineyard site as ‘the middle of nowhere’. Far Coast Vineyard sits just south of the town of Annapolis at 600-800 feet above sea level. The soils at this ridge-top site are well drained and help to intensify the sense of minerality and focus in this rare single vineyard Pinot Noir.

Wine Details 

Oak: 100% French oak, 54% new
Time in Oak: 16 months
Yeast: Native and cultured
Alcohol: 15.2%
TA: 5.6 g/L
Cases produced: 288
No fining or filtration