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2015 Hartford Court Muldune Trail Pinot Noir


"Brought up in 48% new French oak, sourced from a higher elevation vineyard on the southern end of the Anderson Valley, the 2015 Pinot Noir Muldune Trail offers a Burgundian bouquet of ripe black cherries, currants, scorched earth, forest floor, and Asian spices. It’s complex, beautifully concentrated and opulent, with a powerful, full-bodied profile. Possessing moderate acidity, drink this pleasure-bent beauty over the coming 7-8 years."  - Jeb Dunnuck, June 2018



Tasting Notes 

This mountain-grown wine expresses ripe fruits of the warm days and the acid balance from the cool nights. Vibrant fruit aromas of blueberry, raspberry and plum are the hallmarks of the aromatics along with a subtle cedar/cigar box note. These aromatics lead into intense flavors of berries and spice in this structured yet lively Pinot Noir.

Historic Acclaim 

2015: “Outstanding” 94+ points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2014: “Outstanding” 94 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2013: “Outstanding” 94 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2013: “Outstanding” 90-92 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2012: “Outstanding” 93 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

Vineyard & Vintage Character 

In the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County the local residents speak an obscure dialect of English known as Boontling, which developed in the late 1800s. The “Muldune Trail” was a term used in Anderson Valley lore often describing the road traversing the ridge to Ukiah. There are other definitions of hitting the “Muldune Trail” that we will leave to the reader to discover! Our blocks within this estate-owned vineyard are located in the hills above Anderson Valley just below a 2,000 foot elevation, making it our highest elevation site. Planted to Dijon clones 115 and 667, we see another expression of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir that is more masculine than our Velvet Sisters bottling.

Wine Details 

Oak: 100% French oak, 48% new
Time in oak: 17 months
Yeast: Native
TA: 6.0 g/L
pH: 3.59
Alcohol: 14.8%
Cases produced: 265
Unfined and unfiltered