2018 Hartford Court Far Coast Vineyard Pinot Noir

98 POINTS -

"The 2018 Pinot Noir Far Coast Vineyard comes from a site not far from the Pacific Ocean, in the Sonoma Coast AVA, and it's one of the bigger, richer wines in the lineup in 2018. Deeper ruby-hued, with a stunning nose of ripe mulberries, Bing cherries, candied strawberries, spring flowers, and orange blossom, this is a spicy, medium to full-bodied, impressively concentrated Pinot Noir. Despite being from a cooler vineyard, it brings plenty of richness and sexy fruit, with a certain exotic character. I've always loved this cuvée (although I've always thought the Chardonnay was slightly more successful), but this might be the finest vintage I've tasted to date. Count me impressed. It's going to have 10-15 years of prime drinking. It's one of the finest Pinot Noirs in this report." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, July 2021

Far Coast Vineyard Pinot Noir
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Tasting Notes

Far Coast Vineyard consistently produces one of our boldest Pinot Noir offerings. The 2018 follows suit with intense cherry cola, blackberry and cocoa aromas. The subtle earth and underbrush characters carry into the flavors along with Asian spice and a broad, lush texture followed by black cherry and blackberry fruits. The persistent finish is distinctly Far Coast.

Historic Acclaim

2017: 97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2020

2017: 95 Points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2020

2016: 98 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2019

2016: 96 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2018

2015: 97 Points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2017

2015: 97 Points Jeb Dunnuck.com, June 2018

2015: 96 Points Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

2014: 94 Points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2016

2014: 90-93 Points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2016

2013: 93 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2015

2013: 91-93 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2015

2012: 90+ Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 2014

2012: 96 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2014

2011: 91 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2013

2011: 93 Points Wine Enthusiast

2011: 91 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2014

2010: 92 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2013

2009: 92 Points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2011

2007: 93 Points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2010

2007: 93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Vineyard & Vintage Character

Our Far Coast Vineyard is a cool site surrounded by redwood forests, located almost two hours north of the Russian River on a Sonoma Coast mountain ridge. It is an area that some call the “True Sonoma Coast.” Others would simply describe the distant vineyard site as “the middle of nowhere.” Far Coast Vineyard sits just south of the town of Annapolis at 600-1000 feet above sea level. The Goldridge soils at this ridge-top site are well-drained and help to contribute to the sense of minerality and focus in this rare single-vineyard Pinot Noir.

Wine Details

Oak: 100% French oak, 39% new

Time in oak: 16 months

Yeast: Native

TA: 5.9 g/L

pH: 3.60

Alcohol: 15.2%

Cases produced: 340

Unfined and unfiltered

Wine Information Sheet