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2015 Hartford Court Seascape Vineyard Pinot Noir

98 POINTS

"From a ridge-top, western-facing site greatly influenced by the Pacific Ocean, this is exotic and distinct in character, with tones of white pepper, tart cherry, rhubarb and strawberry.  Gorgeously layered, delicate and structured, it has length and richness to the tannin profile, as well as a notion of peat that adds to the dramatic complexity of the wine." - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

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Tasting Notes 

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.

Historic Acclaim 

2015: "Extraordinary" 96 Points, The Wine Advocate, December 2017
2015: "Classic" 98 Points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2018
2014: "Outstanding" 91-93 Points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2016
2013: "Outstanding" 95 Points, The Wine Advocate
2012: "Outstanding" 91 Points, The Wine Advocate
2010: "Outstanding" 92-93 points, International Wine Cellar
2009: "Outstanding" 92 points, The Wine Advocate
2009: "Outstanding" 92 points, International Wine Cellar
2007: "Outstanding" 93 points, The Wine Advocate
2007: "Outstanding" 92+ points, International Wine Cellar
2007: "Outstanding" 93 points, The Wine Enthusiast
2006: "Outstanding" 93 points, International Wine Cellar
2005: "Outstanding" 95 points, Wine & Spirits

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.

Wine Details 

Oak: 100% French oak; 26% new
Time in oak: 17 months
Alcohol: 14.3%
TA: 6.4 g/L
pH: 3.63
Yeasts: Native
Cases Produced: 158
No fining or filtration

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