Hartford Court 'Land's Edge' Pinot Noir - $49.99

Wine Details

Price: $49.99
Producer: Hartford Court
Region: Sonoma Coast
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: black cherry, chocolate
  • Award Winning
  • Red Wine
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Product Description

  • Complex aromas of ripe cherries, violets and cedar are followed by flavors of perfectly ripe, firm black cherries, mixed red and black berries. Allspice and coffee notes complement a long, multi-faceted finish in this exciting, new Hartford Court Pinot Noir.
  • Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1994 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 our vineyard sources, the limited production of our bottlings and the varietals we use. ""Character through adversity"" is an expression that we believe applies to people and grapevines and surviving adversity builds character, and personality, in both.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
CGCW - 90 Details: A substantial Pinot from first sniff to aftertaste, this full-bodied bottling displays a bit of youthful narrowness to its ripe black cherry fruit, but it also carries a touch of enriching chocolate that helps fill things out. Plush and near to velvety in feel, the wine relies on the compelling richness that sets it apart to offset its finishing heat and tannin. 2005 CGCW black cherry, chocolate
Tanzer - 90(+?) Details: ($45) Deep red. Spicy cherry and cassis aromas are a bit musclebound but slowly open to show subtle floral and iron qualities. Powerful, deeply concentrated cherry and cherry skin flavors dominate the palate. Finishes with solid tannins and a hint of espresso. This needs time. 2005 Tanzer cassis, cherry, espresso, spicy
WineSpectator - 86 Details: Aromas of dusty berry, nutmeg and mineral carry over to the palate, where they turn dry and austere, closing down on the finish. Needs air. Drink now through 2011. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 14,000 cases made. –JL 2005 WineSpectator berry, mineral, nutmeg

Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Sharp Cheddar, Feta, Goat Cheese, Swiss, Brie, Gouda
Red Meat Curried Beef, Grilled Flank Steak, Hamburgers, Curried Pork, Pork w/Fruit Sauce, Roast Pork Tenderloin w/Sage, Curried Lamb, Sausage
Pasta & Grains Pasta with Creamy Mushroom Sauces, Pasta with Truffles
Poultry & Eggs Roast Chicken with Herbs, Roast Turkey, Roast Duck
Vegetables Beets, Beans, White, Mushrooms
Pasta & Grains (Grilled) Tofu
Vegetables Tomato, Vegetable Gratin or Stew
Fish or Shellfish Seared Ahi Tuna
Sauces Red Wine Sauce
Herbs & Spices Anise, Fennel Seed, Tarragon, Basil, Cinnamon, Mint, Pepper (black, white, green), Rosemary

Awards and Accolades

  Name Vintage
Award Winner Top 100 Wines - 2007 Wine Enthusiast 2005

Wine Terms

Name Value
Pinot Noir (pee noh nwahr)—A tricky grape to grow, Pinot Noir makes some of the best wines in the world. The prototype wine is red Burgundy from France but Oregon, California, New Zealand, and parts of Australia also produce good Pinot Noir. The wine is lighter in color than Cabernet or Merlot with relatively high alcohol, medium-to-high acidity, and medium-to-low tannin. Its flavors and aromas can be very fruity or earthy and woodsy, depending on how it is grown. It is rarely blended with other grapes.
Sonoma Like its neighbor Napa, Sonoma is a small area filled with independent wineries and characterized by microclimates that vary according to the topography. The coolest parts of Sonoma are the fog-filled south, where the grape varieties are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Northwards up the valley the climate warms and provides a good base for Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. In general Sonoma wines are less dramatically flavorful than those of Napa. Cabernet Sauvignon is relatively soft, with blackcurrant fruit, minty and eucalyptus perfume, and some soft buttery oak. Zinfandel ranges from soft and gulpable to massive bramble and pepper styles. Chardonnay is rich and juicy, especially from the Russian River, and Sauvignon Blanc can be zingy and grassy. Most Sonoma wines have a freshness and a soft edge which makes them very suitable for drinking on their own, however they partner well with strongly flavored fish and meat dishes. The old-style Zinfandels are delicious with spicy cuisine.
United States Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
California California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.
Sonoma Coast In California, This is a 500,000 acre wine region spanning from San Pablo Bay to the border of Mendocino County. The appellation runs down the coast of the Pacific Ocean and is known for its cool climate and high rainfall. The grapes that produce the best wines from this region are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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