2016 Hartford Court Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir
97 Points -
"...Opening out to display gorgeous rose hip tea, kirsch and warm cranberries with hints of dried thyme, black soil and tree bark plus a hint of fungi. The medium to full-bodied palate completely coats the mouth with earth-laced red berry and kirsch notions, framed by very firm, very fine-grained tannins and great freshness, finishing very long and mineral-laced."- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, October 2018
The 2016 Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir is a deep, ruby-colored wine with complex aromas of blackcurrants, black cherries, forest floor and violets interlaced with a savory grilled herb nuance. Black cherries and kirsch flavors complement silky tannins and a multi-layered mouthfeel. The lingering and nuanced finish is a hallmark of all bottlings from this amazing vineyard site.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
Arrendell Vineyard sits in arguably the coldest spot in the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley AVA. Each year this old-vine Pinot Noir vineyard, which was planted in 1975, struggles to ripen the one ton/acre crop of old heirloom Pinot Noir selections by Halloween. The cold meso-climate that results from cool air settling in this low-lying vineyard preserves natural acidity in the grapes and helps preserve the purity expression of the unique, ultra complex terroir in this wine. Natural acidity and density of distinct flavors that result from these adverse conditions also heighten the potential for extended aging of Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir bottlings.
Oak: 100% French oak; 33 % new.
Time in oak: 16 months
Alcohol: 14.9 %
TA: 6.1 g / L
Cases produced: 335
No fining or filtration