2016 Hartford Court Velvet Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir

96 POINTS -

"Sourced from a single block in the estate’s Maggie Hawk Vineyard in Anderson Valley, the 2016 Pinot Noir Velvet Sisters spent 16 months in 37% new French oak and, as with all the wines here, was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Bright cherry, red apple, spice box, and some mulberry notes as well as some marine salinity all flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, multi-dimensional effort that has ripe tannins and integrated acidity. Give bottles a year and it should be a gem of a wine to enjoy through 2028." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2019

Velvet Sisters Pinot Noir
$70
QTY

Tasting Notes

This alluring and hedonistic wine has amazing extract and purity of fruit focus.  Vibrant fruit aromas of black cherry, blueberry, anise and violets harmonize with subtle cinnamon stick notes.  The captivating aromas lead into equally vibrant flavors of berries and allspice in this sensuously elegant Pinot Noir.

Historic Acclaim

2016 “Outstanding” 94 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate, October 2018

2015: "As good as it gets" 96 Points Jebdunnuck.com, June 2018

2014: "Outstanding" 91 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate, October 2016

2014: “Outstanding” 91 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

2014 "Very Highly Recommended" 92 Points, CA Grapevine

2013: “Outstanding” 92-94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2015

2013: “Extraordinary” 96 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, October 2015

2012: “Outstanding” 90 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2014

2012: “Outstanding” 91 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May 2014

2011: “Outstanding” 90 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2014

2011: “Outstanding” 92-93 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May 2013

2011: “Outstanding” 91 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2013

2010: “Outstanding” 91-92 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May 2012

2010: “Outstanding” 91 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, April 2013

2007: “Outstanding” 92 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, February 2010

2006: “Outstanding” 92 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May 2008

2005: “Outstanding” 93 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2007

Vineyard & Vintage Character

In the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County the local residents speak an obscure dialect of English known as Boontling, developed in the late 1800s. The "Velvet Sisters" are local historical figures who in Boontling lore became known for wearing plush velvet dresses that they had purchased on a trip to British Columbia. We call this wine "Velvet Sisters" in tribute to the Anderson Valley history and the wine's plush velvety texture.

The 2016 Velvet Sisters Pinot is sourced from blocks within the Falk vineyard, an estate owned vineyard located in the hills above Anderson Valley. Falk vineyard is planted to Dijon clones 115, 667, 777 and Pommard selections. The character of this carefully harvested Pinot Noir includes lively fruit aromas and a silky texture; exemplary of the best of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.

Wine Details

Oak: 100% French oak, 38% new
Time in oak: 16 months
Yeast: Native
Alcohol: 14.7%
TA: 5.5g/L
pH: 3.76
Cases produced: 323
Unfined and unfiltered

Wine Information Sheet