2013 Hartford Court Seascape Vineyard Pinot Noir
95 Points -
"The 2013 Pinot Noir Seascape Vineyard from the Sonoma Coast is a cuvée of 360 cases aged in 38% new French oak for 16 months prior to be bottled unfined and unfiltered. This is a magnificent Pinot, full-bodied, with notes of Asian spices as well as plum sauce, roasted meats, grilled herbs, earth and spice. Some blacker fruits and forest floor notes are also present in this distinctively Burgundian Côte de Nuits-like Pinot Noir. Drink it over the next 7-8 years."
—Robert Parker, October 2015
Aromas of blackberries, pomegranates, and sous bois highlight the Seascape Vineyard Pinot Noir. A precise and savory mouthfeel of cherry cola and fruit compote, is followed by silky, ﬁne grain tannins in this distinctive cool climate Pinot Noir.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
Seascape Vineyard is a six-acre site on a scenic ridge-top west of the town of Occidental in the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard abuts an old redwood grove and faces cascading ridges to Bodega Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The well-known Coastlands Vineyard also borders the property. Because there is no ridge between the ocean and the vineyard, Seascape is in extremely cold spot – so cold that Pinot Noir is often picked in November. This cold and foggy coastal climate preserves natural acidity in the grapes and helps delineate the purity of fruit ﬂavors and expression of the unique coastal terroir in this wine. Balanced natural acidity also accentuates the potential for long and graceful aging of Seascape Vineyard Pinot Noirs.
Seascape Vineyard is planted primarily to Dijon selections such as 777, 114 and 115 and averages about one ton per acre, which helps to ensure thorough physiological maturity in this cool and challenging site.