2014 Hartford Court Velvet Sisters Vineyards Pinot Noir
91 Points -
Robert Parker October 2016
The 2014 Pinot Noir Velvet Sisters emanates from another Anderson Valley site and is sourced from four separate clones - Dijon clones 115, 666, 777 and the Pommard selection. This wine displays notes of baked apple skins, pomegranate, black cherry and a hint of raspberry, with some floral notes as well as forest floor. It is rich, ripe, medium to full-bodied, and best drunk over the next 5-7 years.
This alluring and hedonistic wine has amazing extract and purity of fruit focus. Vibrant fruit aromas of black cherry, blueberry, anise and violets harmonize with subtle cinnamon stick notes. The captivating aromas lead into equally vibrant flavors of berries and allspice in this sensuously elegant Pinot Noir.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
In the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County the local residents speak an obscure dialect of English known as Boontling, developed in the late 1800s. The "Velvet Sisters" are local historical figures who in Boontling lore became known for wearing plush velvet dresses that they had purchased on a trip to British Columbia. We call this wine "Velvet Sisters" in tribute to the Anderson Valley history and the wine's plush velvety texture.
The 2013 Velvet Sisters Pinot is sourced from blocks within the Falk vineyard, an estate owned vineyard located in the hills above Anderson Valley. Falk vineyard is planted to Dijon clones 115, 667, 777 and Pommard selections. The character of this carefully harvested Pinot Noir includes lively fruit aromas and a silky texture; exemplary of the best of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.
Oak: 100% French oak, 40% new
Time in oak: 17 months
Cases produced: 366
Unfined and unfiltered