2014 Hartford Court Far Coast Pinot Noir
94 Points -
"Another saturated ruby/purple wine is the 2014 Pinot Noir Far Coast Vineyard. This comes from a mountain ridge north of Fort Ross at a 1,000-foot elevation. Dense ruby purple, with notes of sassafras, forest floor, red and black cherries, raspberry and underbrush, the wine exhibits medium to full body and terrific texture and length. This is another 10-year Pinot Noir, but should be drinkable during that entire window of opportunity."- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2016
Far Coast Vineyard consistently produces one of our boldest Pinot Noir offerings. The 2014 is no exception, with intense cherry, blackberry and cocoa aromas sharing the stage with an elegant green tea component. The mountaintop terroir gives the wine a broad, lush texture followed by black cherry and blackberry fruits. Mocha, Asian spice and silky tannins linger on the palate, giving a persistent finish that is distinctly Far Coast.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
Our Far Coast Vineyard is a cool site surrounded by redwood forests, located almost two hours north of the Russian River on a Sonoma Coast mountain ridge. It is an area that some call the “True Sonoma Coast.” Others would simply describe the distant vineyard site as “the middle of nowhere.” Far Coast Vineyard sits just south of the town of Annapolis at 600-1000 feet above sea level. The Goldridge soils at this ridgetop site are well-drained and help to contribute to the sense of minerality and focus in this rare single vineyard Pinot Noir.
Oak: 100% French oak, 44% new
Time in oak: 17 months
TA: 6.0 g/L
Cases produced: 408
Unfined and unfiltered