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2015 Hartford Court Fog Dance Pinot Noir

95 POINTS

"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Fog Dance Vineyard gives a full on bombastic black cherry and black raspberry-scented nose with hints of rose hip tea, dark chocolate and lavender with a hint of black pepper.  Medium-bodied, the palate is very elegant and fresh with more of a savory/earthy character coming through, supported by fine-grained tannins and finishing on a beautiful stewed tea note." Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2017

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Tasting Notes 

Exuberant aromas of berries, black cherry and exotic spice aromatics are supported by bright flavors of red and black cherry, blood orange and soy. Velvety, fine grained tannins complement a long finish with subtle clove and citrus nuances.

Historic Acclaim 

2015: "Outstanding" 95 Points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2014: "Outstanding" 93 Points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2013: “Extraordinary” 96 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2013: “Outstanding” 92-94 points, IWC / Antonio Galloni
2012 : “Outstanding” 93 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2012: “Outstanding” 91 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
2011: “Outstanding” 92–93 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
2010: “Outstanding” 92–93 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
2009: “Outstanding” 92 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2009: “Outstanding” 93 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
2008: “Outstanding” 92 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2008: “Outstanding” 92 points, Wine & Spirits
2007: “Outstanding” 93 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
2007: “Outstanding” 94 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2006: “Outstanding” 93 points, Wine & Spirits

Vineyard & Vintage Character 

The 2015 vintage has given us wines that showcase the best that the Russian River AVA has to offer: fruit intensity, structure and balanced acidity. The Fog Dance Pinot Noir is from our organically farmed, estate owned Pinot Noir vineyard on the rolling hills located just to the east of Green Valley Creek. This gorgeous vineyard was planted in 1996 upon Goldridge fine sandy loam soils to several Dijon clones: 667, 777 and 115. The Fog Dance Vineyard, Green Valley Pinot Noir bottling is named for the dance performed by the Pacific fog, drifting through the vineyards and back again to the sea each day. This wine reflects its cool Green Valley terroir, showing the brightness and purity of cherry, berry and cranberry flavors along with an elegant and refined texture.

Wine Details 

Oak: 100% French oak, 33% new
Time in oak: 17 months
Alcohol: 14.6%
TA: 5.8g/L
pH: 3.66
Cases produced: 361
Unfined and unfiltered

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