Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Sonoma County, California, USA
Tasting Notes: Aromas of black cherry, blueberry, black currant, allspice, and loam are followed by flavors of wild raspberries, dark berries, and a crushed rock minerality. The dense entry is followed by a sweet and juicy mouthfeel, supported by acidity, silky tannins, and a subtle earthy finish.
Notes: The 2019 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Pinot Noir comes from a collection of small vineyards located throughout the Russian River Valley AVA. These vineyards are a combination of our Estate properties such as Arrendell, Barbieri, Bellflower, Fog Dance, Hailey's Block, Jennifer's, and MacLean's Block as well as a handful of our neighbors' vineyards located in the heart of the Russian River Valley.
The sites express the essence of the Russian River Valley by showcasing the best of the neighborhoods within our AVA:
Green Valley - Keen acidity, spice, red fruits, blood orange.
Laguna Ridge - Dark berry and cherry aromas and flavors, subtle loamy character.
Sebastopol Hills - Dark color, purple flowers, Indian spices, and precise mouth feel.
Santa Rosa Plains - Deep red and black cherry, fruit-focused with supple tannins.
Each neighborhood contributes complexity and character to the final blend.
94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck: Readers looking for an incredibly charming, delicious Pinot Noir that’s going to deliver the goods should check out the 2019 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley from Hartford Court. Revealing a translucent ruby/plum color, it has a wonderful nose of spiced red and black fruits, candied violets, orange blossom, and incense. Medium-bodied on the palate, it’s wonderfully balanced, with soft, supple tannins, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. Drink this beauty any time over the coming 5-6 years.
The Domain: Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1993 as a result of Don and Jennifer Hartford's appreciation for the wines, the people, and the unique vineyards near their Russian River Valley home. Located in the Sonoma County town of Forestville, the winery is about 15 miles from the cool Pacific Coast.
Making delicious wines of high personality is directly related to the difficult locations of the Hartford family's vineyard sources, the limited production of their bottlings, and the varietals they use. "Character through adversity" is an expression that the Hartford family believes to apply to both people and grapevines, and they feel that surviving adversity builds character, and personality, in both.
The Hartford Family makes wines under two marks, one of which is Hartford Court. Hartford Court bottlings are small lots of high-personality single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that express the distinctive qualities inherent in each vineyard's terroir - the interplay of soil, slope, exposure, and climate. The fruit is sourced from the Russian River Valley, Green Valley, and Sonoma Coast appellations.