2015 Hartford Court Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir
94+ Points -
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard has compelling chocolate-covered cherries, raspberry pie and warm mulberries noes with touches of potpourri, Ceylon tea, and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied, very finely structured and very fresh, it gives intense blackberry and savory layers, finishing on a lingering earthy note. - Lisa Perotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, December 2017
The 2015 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; 41 % new.
Time in oak: 17 months
Alcohol: 14.9 %
TA: 6.5 g / L
Cases produced: 409
No fining or filtration