2013 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Jennifer's Marshall Vineyard

Year: 2013
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 92+
Vinous Media: 91-93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.6%
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"The 2013 Pinot Noir Jennifer’s Marshall Vineyard comes from a vineyard south of Sebastopol that sits right in the windy Petaluma Gap. Foresty, woodsy aromas intermingled with raspberry, blueberry and black cherry fruit jump from the glass of this wine, which is medium to full-bodied and shows terrific purity, texture and length. It is still tightly knit, as one might expect. Another 6-12 months of bottle age is probably suggested, and the wine should evolve easily for a decade or more." (WA)

"Hartford's 2013 Pinot Noir Jennifer's is endowed with a lovely sense of energy and vibrancy. Graphite, black cherries, plums and smoke are fused together in an energetic, cool-climate Pinot to drink over the next 7-8 years." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Named in honor of co-proprietor Jennifer Hartford, this wine is defined by its power, concentration of fruit, structure and an underlying elegance. A wine that is built to age, Jennifer’s proves that not all Pinot Noirs are shy, retiring, delicate souls. Jennifer’s Pinot Noir is sourced from a vineyard in the windy and very cool Sebastopol Hills subregion of the Russian River Valley AVA. Jennifer’s Pinot Noir is planted primarily to Clone 23 and is known for small berries, low yields and a high skin-to-pulp ratio. The dark color, intense black fruit aroma and flavor profile are a testament to the terroir of this site.

Tasting Notes:
Jennifer’s Pinot Noir is opaque and powerful. It features aromas of boysenberries, cherry cola and lavender followed by flavors of black raspberries, black tea and anise. The 2012 Jennifer’s Pinot Noir is very dense, but with fine tannins and a silky, persistent mouthfeel. It should be worthy of extended cellaring.