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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Hartford Court Sevens Bench Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004
Hartford Court Sevens Bench Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004
(search item no. 96867)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $45.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of raspberries, plums and sandalwood converge with exotic East Asian spices and earth elements to produce an amazingly complex wine. Wonderfully lush in the mouth with pomegranate, black cherry and spice flavors, framed by sweet, generous tannins. This wine of astounding concentration and depth should continue to improve in bottle for 6 to 8 years.

Low yields, high-density spacing and intensive farming are all essential elements in crafting this evocative wine. Our Sevens Bench Vineyard is a small vineyard block on Duhig Road in Napa-Carneros. The name Sevens Bench is derived from the two predominant clones, Dijon 667 and Dijon 777, planted at the vineyard. These Dijon clones produce a wine with intense fruit aromas, an expansive mid-palate and fine-grain tannins.

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About Hartford Court:

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.