2008 Hartford Family Winery Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard

Year: 2008
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
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"A stunning effort, the 2008 Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard (a 44-year old site planted with California selections of the Martini clone) was bottled after 15 months in French oak (60% new). This dense ruby-colored, killer Pinot boasts abundant notes of kirsch liqueur, black raspberries, flowers and loamy soil. Full-bodied with stunning concentration, a broad, savory texture and impressive purity, this is a wine to drink over the next 5-7 years although it may last a decade or more.

Owned by Jess Jackson and Don Hartford and assisted by winemaker Jeff Mangalas, Hartford Court is one of the bright shining stars in Jess Jackson Family Vineyard’s impressive portfolio. All three Chardonnays come from cool climate sites, either the Sonoma Coast or the Green Valley. I tasted five 2008 Pinot Noirs, a challenging vintage for some producers but Hartford Court had no smoke issues." (WA)

"($85) Vivid red. Heady aromas of red berry preserves, Asian spices and anise, with a strong floral overtone. Lively strawberry, raspberry and herb flavors stain the palate, with bitter cherry skin and mineral notes adding cut. Leaves smoky mineral and floral qualities behind on the strikingly long, sappy finish, which also features an exotic note of blood orange. Lots going here already." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
The 2008 Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir is a deep, ruby-colored wine with complex aromas of red raspberries, grilled herbs and baking spices. Concentrated boysenberry and ultra-ripe dark cherry flavors complement silky tannins and layers of complexity.