2015 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Land's Edge Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Lovers of the aromatic, complex Pinot Noirs of Sonoma County’s remotest reaches, the high ranges that follow the coast all the way to the Mendocino border, will find a lot to love in this stunning release from Hartford Court. Sourced from two of their estate vineyards, one called the Far Coast Vineyard near Annapolis and the other, Seascape Vineyard, closer to Cazadero, this dark, sumptuous Pinot impressed us for not only its richness (which is considerable) but also for its complexity- layers upon layers of overlapping flavors- and absolutely ravishing aromatics. We’ve been fans of Hartford Courts’ wines for a while (their Russian River Chardonnay is still an incredible deal at $25.99) but we have never tasted a Pinot Noir from them with this much intensity, verve and style! Sure…..it’s full-throttle and packed with red and black fruit, generous wood and notes of toasted bread, but there is so much more going on here. We found a certain coastal salinity to its flavors along with hints of cinnamon, fig, wet earth and violet pastilles. If ever there were a Pinot Noir built to do battle with all the flavors of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, this is it. And we think it’ll continue to do service for many Thanksgivings to come! A very delicious Pinot and, we think, very fairly priced. In stock and ready to go!
Robert Parker, 95 Points:
One of the brilliant efforts from Hartford Court is the 2015 Pinot Noir Land’s Edge Vineyards. From a site located only four miles from the Pacific Ocean, this wine has a saturated ruby/purple color and a beautiful concentration of blueberry, black raspberry and black cherry, some crushed rock and spring flowers. The terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, the full-bodied finish and intensity are all promising in this brilliant effort. Drink it over the next decade.
Jeb Dunnuck, 95 Points
The 2015 Pinot Noir Land’s Edge Vineyards comes from the Seascape and Far Coast vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. It was completely destemmed, spent 11 months in 34% new French oak and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. This beauty offers a darker slant in its black cherries, blackberry, sous bois, spring flowers, and damp earth-like aromas and flavors. These carry to a deep, rich, seamless Pinot Noir that has remarkable purity, a layered texture, and a great finish. It picks up a touch of marine and ocean-like salinity with time in the glass and is a rich, complex, complete Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Drink it over the coming 8-10 years.
Wine Enthusiast 96 points:
This is comprised of fruit from two coastal sites, but it does not hold back on flavor or complexity. A juicy entry of spicy red and blue fruit is surrounded by moderate structure and an imprint of rose petal. Lasting in intensity and acidity, it's dotted in citrus and polished tannins.