2014 Hartford Court Hailey's Block Vineyard Pinot Noir
90-93 Points -
The 2014 Pinot Noir Hailey's Block is one of the more exuberant, racy wines in the Hartford range. Succulent dark cherry, plum, spice, menthol, licorice and cloves flesh out in a powerful, inviting wine. The 2014 is bold, juicy and forward, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years.
Red and black cherries, wild strawberry, clove and ﬂoral aromas accent the wine and are followed by bright red fruits, candied cherry notes and subtle mushroom flavors that carry through on the palate. Full bodied, silky tannins complete the savory ﬁnish.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
Hailey’s Block is located within the renowned Arrendell Vineyard and is named a¬fter Don and Jennifer Hartford’s daughter, Hailey. The block was planted in 1996 to Dijon selections 114 and 777 of Pinot Noir when Hailey was just six years old. Over the years, we have watched both Hailey and her namesake Pinot Noir mature into personalities of great strength, beauty and charm.
Hailey’s Block sits in arguably the coldest spot in the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley AVA. The cold meso-climate that results from cool air settling in this low-lying vineyard preserves natural acidity in the grapes and helps preserve the pure expression of the unique terroir in this beautiful release.
Oak: 100% French oak, 42% new
Time in oak: 17 months
TA: 6.0 g/L
Cases produced: 224
Unfined and unfiltered