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2013 Hartford Court Sevens Bench Vineyard Pinot Noir

True to its Carneros roots, the 2013 Sevens Bench Pinot Noir carries the hallmark of the region – fruit intensity balanced by an earthy and savory side. The aromas open with black cherry and boysenberry and lead into subtle mushroom and spice characters. The flavors are reminiscent of black cherry and Asian spice, with a subtle tea and spice component driven by a small amount of whole-cluster fermentation. The wine finishes with a juiciness and elegant tannins in the finish.

$70 QTY

Historic Acclaim 

2012: "Outstanding" 91 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2009: "Outstanding" 90 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2009: "Outstanding" 90+ points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2008: "Outstanding" 90 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2008: "Outstanding" 91 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2007: "Outstanding" 94 points The Wine Enthusiast
2005: "Outstanding" 91 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2002: "Outstanding" 94 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2002: "Outstanding" 91 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Vineyard & Vintage Character 

Intensive farming and low yields are the foundations of our Carneros offering. The vineyard is on a ridge at 200 foot elevation, part of an uplifted riverbed that allows good drainage in the traditional clay-based soils of the region. The name Sevens Bench is derived from the two clones planted on our block: Clones 37 (Mount Eden) and Dijon 777.

Wine Details 

Oak: 100% French oak, 21% new

 Time in oak: 16 months

 Yeast: Native

 Alcohol: 14.7%

 TA: 6.2g/L

 pH: 3.71

 Cases produced: 192

 No fining or filtration