Hartford Court Lands Edge Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Complex aromas of ripe cherries, violets and cedar are followed by flavors of perfectly ripe, firm black cherries and mixed red and black berries. Allspice and coffee notes complement a long, multi-faceted finish in this "True Sonoma Coast" Pinot Noir.
Wine Enthusiast - "A blend of various vineyards from the far or "true" Sonoma Coast, and also Hartford Court's highest-production Pinot Noir. Always beautiful and balanced, the ’07 in particular is remarkable for its silky tannins and overall seamless quality. Really excites for the complexity of currant, cola, licorice and cedar flavors. Now through 2013. "
The Wine Advocate - "The brilliant 2007 Pinot Noir Land’s Edge Vineyard (a Sonoma Coast mountain site) also comes from Dijon clones, but it is a deeper, richer, full-bodied effort. Its dark ruby color is accompanied by a sweet, floral, raspberry, and black cherry-scented bouquet with the wood component pushed to the background. Broad, deep, rich, and impressively endowed, it should drink well for 5-8 years."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red. Cherry-cola, raspberry and vanilla bean on the nose. Smoky dark berry flavors are enlivened by zesty minerals and pick up a candied floral quality with air. This packs a lot of flavor, but needs time to stretch out. Becomes deeper and chewier with air and finishes with solid grip and powerful thrust."
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Hartford Court Winery
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. View all Hartford Court Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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- 4 Stars: 11
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23 ratings, 9 with reviewsMimi La Borracha - Saint Augustine, FL44/27/2012hmjpete3 - Richmond, VA411/14/201352/6/2012wilde_fire - Chatsworth, CA55/25/2012
This wine was purchased as a gift. Unfortunately for the recipient, I opened it and loved it so they received something else! Wish there was more available.35/26/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Bold for a pinot. Black cherry, berries, little spicy, little sweet but not too much, taste some alcohol burn when it warms up gets more noticeable. Great when decanted for an hour or so, much more than that the burn kicks in. Overall good but There are better options in this price range.45/11/201254/28/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
An outstanding wine! Much more complex than most Pinots and pairs well with foods you would normally reach for a Cab. We have shared this with several friends, all who enjoyed it and were pleasantly surprised by the price. We have ordered more as the first case is gone.Christian V. - Maize, KS44/26/2012
- Big & Bold
This is an excellent Pinot Noir. I believe this vintage to be underrated. At this price, it is well worth it to purchase a case, perhaps more. The wine initially presents with ruby and rose hughes. The aromas are light and fresh with hints of fresh peaches, plums, blueberries, raisins, strawberries and baby's breath. The delicate flavors of this vintage are elegant yet, complex with notes of blueberries, fresh spring rain, plums, pears, birch and soft spices. The remarkable finish is smooth and long lasting that carries its fruit flavors incredibly well. A superbly crafted wine that is well balanced. Drink now through 2015. 97 pts.44/16/201243/31/2012
- Light & Fruity
Rich, full wine, lovely red color. Cherry and cedar notes. A bit hot, alcohol-y finish but I did not decant. Many reviews say to decant this wine and let breathe for an hour before drinking. I would buy again.43/21/2012Similar to the St. Innocent Freedom Hill, at a similar price (with the discount). Both very nice $40 pinots.Gary Omori - Aiea, HI42/24/2012Dave Muench - Perkiomenville, PA42/16/2012CLo The Grape - Carlsbad, CA51/4/2012David Dunning - Havertown, PA410/10/201137/7/2011DC Wine - Washington, DC59/20/2011Love this Pinot, generally a fan of Hartford Court. Very well-balanced Pinot. This is the definition of a Sonoma Pinot.cedralpass - San Francisco, CA49/8/2011Bill Zipper - Ocean Springs, MS52/7/2011A really good Pinot. Try it, you will like it.John Shultz - Waterloo, IA51/12/2011I served this baby up with a pot roat dinner made by my mother inlaw. The wine had a magnificent bouquet of cherry, chocolate, and hints of campfire. With lightly developed tanins, this is a medium bodied, and an incredibly smooth finishing vintage. I only wish I could have cellarded it for a few years, but it was well enjoyed.
- Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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