2018 Hartford Court Sevens Bench Vineyard Pinot Noir

94 Points -

"Coming from Carneros, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sevens Bench Vineyard has a spicy, black cherry, gamey style that offers medium to full-bodied richness, a round, beautifully textured mouthfeel, supple tannins, and outstanding length. It's already complex and hard to resist, yet it firms up nicely with time in the glass, and I suspect it has a solid 8-10 years of longevity ahead of it." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, July, 2021

Sevens Bench Pinot Noir
$70
QTY

Tasting Notes

True to its Carneros roots, the 2018 Sevens Bench Pinot Noir carries the hallmark of the region-fruit intensity balanced by an earthy and savory side. The aromas open with blackberry and boysenberry, and lead into subtle truffle and spice characters. The flavors are reminiscent of black cherry and Asian spice, with a subtle black tea and spice component driven by a small amount of whole-cluster fermentation. The wine finishes with a juiciness and elegant tannins in the finish.

Historic Acclaim

2018: 94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, July 2021

2018: 92 Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Jan 2021

2017: 94+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2020 

2016: 92+ Points Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, May 2019 

2015: 93 Points Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

2015: 91 Points California Grapevine, February 2018

2014: 90 Points California Grapevine, July 2017

2012: 91 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2014

2009: 90 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2011

2009: 90+ points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2011

2008: 90 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2011

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

2007: 94 points The Wine Enthusiast

2005: 91 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2007

2002: 94 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2005

2002:91 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2004

Vineyard & Vintage Character

Intensive farming and low yields are the foundations of our Carneros offering. The vineyard is on a ridge at 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 planted on our block: Clones 37 (Mount Eden) and Dijon 777. We also blend in the Swan Selection Pinot noir for complexity.

 

Wine Details

Oak: 100% French oak, 37% new

 Time in oak: 17 months

 Yeast: Native

 Alcohol: 14.8%

 TA: 5.5 g/L

 pH: 3.73

 Cases produced: 170

 No fining or filtration

Wine Information Sheet