"The more ruby-colored 2016 Pinot Noir Seven's Bench offers an earthier, more savory style as well as complex notes of ripe currants, autumn forest floor, cured meats, and smoke herbs. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, and will be better with short-term cellaring..." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June, 2019
Sevens Bench Vineyard
Wines From This Vineyard
"Coming from Carneros and aged 17 months in one-third new French oak, the 2017 Pinot Noir Seven's Bench sports a medium ruby/purple color as well as a big nose of spiced cherries, candied orange peel, violets, and spicy oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, and concentrated on the palate, it's another serious release from this estate that's going to reward 2-3 years of bottle age.." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, May, 2020
"The 2016 Chardonnay Hartford Court Chardonnay Sevens Bench Vineyard exudes beautiful lemongrass, lime leaves and fresh grapefruit scents with hints of yuzu, wet slate and croissant. Medium to full-bodied, the palate gives a cerebral, mineral and earthy character with a citrus core and fantastic vibrancy, finishing long and chalky." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, October 2018
"Hearty and robust, this wine tastes of tropical honey, brioche and caramel. Thickly concentrated, it retains enough acidity to balance and complement the richness, deftly represented by a lasting character of lemon meringue." - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, October 2020
Intensive farming and low yields are the foundations of our Carneros AVA Seven’s Bench Single Vineyard. The vineyard is on a ridge at a 200-foot elevation, part of an uplifted riverbed that allows good drainage in the traditional clay-based soils of the region. The name Sevens Bench is derived from the two clones originally planted on our block: Clones 37 (Mount Eden) and Dijon 777.