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HARTFORD COURT PINOT NOIR, ARRENDEL VINEYARD, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 2015
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard has compelling chocolate-covered cherries, raspberry pie and warm mulberries nose with touches of potpourri, Ceylon tea and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied, very finely structured and very fresh, it gives intense black berry and savory layers, finishing on a lingering earthy note. 409 cases produced.
NVWE Notes: Arrendell is always age-worthy and this is a powerhouse. The nose is intense and zesty, and its bold black cherry, pomegranate syrup, red raspberry, whortleberry, red currant, fresh pomegranate, strawberry and orange pith scents harmonize nicely with savory aromas of sandalwood, baking-spice, tobacco, hazelnut husk, sumac berry, Mr. Lincoln Rose and undercurrent of mineral salts. Concentration, zest and tannic grip are all evident on the palate, where they turn the otherwise tongue-coating richness almost racy. The deep and lingering flavors are a gutsy replica of the nose, yet the bright fruit presence and balance make it dinner-worthy. Tasty at this stage with seared duck breast, prime rib, fatty pork roasts and the like, it is certain to improve for six to twelve years or more. 409 6-packs made.