2013 Hartford Court MacLean's Block Vineyard Pinot Noir

93+ Points -

"The 2013 Pinot Noir MacLean’s Block comes from a vineyard east of the town of Occidental and saw 36% new French oak prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. This is from Dijon clone 667 and 777 from a relatively high-elevation site that needs plenty of time to ripen fully. About 30% whole clusters were used in this wine, which is dense ruby/purple with loads of spice, damp earth, forest floor and mushrooms as well as raspberry and black cherry fruit. It should drink well for up to a decade."  - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2015

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Tasting Notes 

Dark cherry, concentrated blackberry, Asian spice and forest floor aromas are complemented by a broad and pliant texture and a mocha-spice finish. Black cherry, black tea and leather flavors all give this well-structured wine a wonderful combination of drinkability and ageability.

Historic Acclaim 

2013: "Outstanding" 93+ points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2012: "Outstanding" 90+ points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2011: "Outstanding" 93 points Wine Enthusiast
2011: "Outstanding" 91-92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2010: "Outstanding" 91-92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2009: "Outstanding" 91 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2009: "Outstanding" 91+ points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2008: "Outstanding" 91+ points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2008: "Outstanding" 91+ points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2007: "Outstanding" 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Vineyard & Vintage Character 

MacLean’s Block, named after Don and Jennifer Hartford’s son, was planted in 2000 when MacLean was just three years old. MacLean loves the vineyard site and its surrounding forest that is home to cougars, bobcats, wild turkeys and red tailed hawks. It is an estate-owned vineyard, nestled near redwood groves on a beautiful north-eastern facing slope, near the small town of Occidental. Scenic views of the Russian River Valley, Mount St. Helena and Geyser Peak make MacLean’s block one of the most beautiful vineyard locations in all of Sonoma County. The site is planted to Dijon 667 and 777 selections on Goldridge fine sandy loam soils. There is a true sense of the forest that surrounds the vineyard that carries through into this compelling expression of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

Wine Details 

Oak: 100% French oak, 36% new

 Time in oak: 17 months

 Yeast: Native

 Alcohol: 14.8%

 TA: 5.8 g/L

 pH: 3.62

 Cases produced: 336

 Unfined and unfiltered

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