2018 Hartford Court Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir

94+ Points -

"The 2018 Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 44% new. Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, it needs coaxing to reveal notes of crushed stones, tilled earth, fallen leaves, and unsmoked cigars with a core of Bing cherries, raspberries, and red currants, plus a waft of dried Provence herbs. Medium-bodied, elegant, and with fantastic finesse, the palate is silky and refreshing, finishing long and earthy" - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, January 2021

Arrendell Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

The 2018 Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir is a deep, ruby-colored wine with complex aromas of blackcurrants, red cherries, forest floor, and violets are 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.

Historic Acclaim

2017: 96+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, May 2020

2017: 96 Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, February 2020

2016: 97 Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, October 2018

2015: 95+ Points Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, July 2018

2015: 94+ Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, December 2017

2014: 96 Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, October 2016

2013: 97 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate, October 2015

2013: 92-94 Points,  Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2015

2012: 97 Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, December 2014

2011: 92-93 Points  International Wine Cellar, May 2013

2010: 92-93 Points,  International Wine Cellar, May 2012

2009: 94 Points,  International Wine Cellar, May 2011

2009: 92 Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, December 2011

2008: 95 Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, February 2011

2007: 95 Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, February 2010

2006: 91+ Points International Wine Cellar, May 2008

2005: 93 Points  Robert Parker Wine Advocate, December 2007


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, terroir in this wine. Natural acidity and density of distinct flavors that result from these adverse conditions also heightens the potential for extended aging of Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir bottlings.

Wine Details

Oak: 100% French oak; 44 % new.

Time in oak: 16 months
Alcohol: 14.6 %

TA: 5.8 g / L

pH: 3.59
Cases produced: 220
Unfined and unfiltered