2016 Hartford Court MacLean's Block Pinot Noir

96+ POINTS -

"The 2016 Pinot Noir MacLean's Block comes from an east-facing slope just outside the town of Occidental...It’s a complete, balanced, medium to full-bodied effort that does everything right, giving up a huge bouquet of smoky black fruits, tobacco leaf, forest floor, and wood smoke. This big, masculine 2016 has plenty of tannins, a great mid-palate, and no shortage of length on the finish, it just needs 2-3 years of bottle age to show at its best."  - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2019

MacLean's Pinot Noir
$70
QTY

Tasting Notes

Dark cherry, concentrated blueberry, Asian spice and forest floor aromas are complemented by a broad and pliant texture and a mocha-spice finish. Black cherry, black tea and leather flavors all give this well-structured wine a wonderful combination of drinkability and ageability.

Historic Acclaim

2016: "As good as it gets 96+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2019

2016: "Outstanding" 95+ Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2018

2015: "Outstanding" 95 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2017

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

2013: "Outstanding" 93+ points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2015

2012: "Outstanding" 90+ points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2014

2011: "Outstanding" 93 points Wine Enthusiast

2011: "Outstanding" 91-92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2013

2010: "Outstanding" 91-92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2012

2009: "Outstanding" 91 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2011

2009: "Outstanding" 91+ points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2011

2008: "Outstanding" 91+ points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, February 2011

2008: "Outstanding" 91+ points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2010

2007: "Outstanding" 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Vineyard & Vintage Character

MacLean’s Block, named after Don and Jennifer Hartford’s son, was planted in 2000 when MacLean was just three years old. MacLean loves the vineyard site and its surrounding forest that is home to cougars, bobcats, wild turkeys and red tailed hawks and now a bear. It is an estate-owned vineyard, nestled near redwood and mixed oak and pine groves on a beautiful north-eastern facing slope, near the small town of Occidental. Scenic views of the Russian River Valley, Mount St. Helena and Geyser Peak make MacLean’s block one of the most beautiful vineyard locations in all of Sonoma County. The site is planted to Dijon 667 and 777 selections on Goldridge fine sandy loam soils. There is a true sense of the forest that surrounds the vineyard that carries through into this compelling expression of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

Wine Details

Oak: 100% French oak, 32% new

 Time in oak: 17 months

 Yeast: Native

 Alcohol: 14.5%

 TA: 5.3 g/L

 pH: 3.63

 Cases produced: 303

 Unfined and unfiltered

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