Hartford Court Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017 375ml (half-bottles)
95 Points Jeb Dunnuck
A crazy good value, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is the appellation release from this team, and it comes from all of the estate vineyards across the Green Valley, Laguna Ridge, and Sebastopol regions. Complex notes of strawberries, cranberries, violets, pine forest, and flowers all flow to a medium-bodied Pinot Noir that has a kiss of salinity and marine notes, ripe tannins, and a great finish. This beautiful wine competes with wines costing 2-3 times the price.
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.
Have you ever wondered if single vineyard wines are better than those from multiple sites? After all, wines bearing the moniker of a noble vineyard can usually sell for more than appellation wines… But what happens when a wine is created from a collection of noble vineyards? With Hartford Court’s 2017 Russian River Pinot Noir, you end up with a 95 Point, “crazy good value” that “competes with wines costing 2-3 times the price.” It takes a great winemaker like Jeff Stewart to give each site a unique voice in the overall symphony that is a composition of multiple vineyards. Theirs comes from several Estate properties including, Barbieri, Bellflower, Fog Dance, Hailey’s Block, Jennifer’s, MacLean’s Block, Arrendell and includes a few neighboring sites. At less than 60% of the cost of the single vineyards, the Russian River Valley Pinot offers a killer QPR (quality to price ratio).
Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley in Forestville, the area is a sweet-spot for incredible Pinot Noir fruit… Kistler’s iconic Trenton Roadhouse Vineyard is nearby along with Walker Station and Joseph Swan Vineyards to name a few… If you’re on the lookout for a profoundly elegant Pinot Noir that’s classically Russian River with incredible complexity and remarkable balance, this one is absolutely for you.
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