Hartford Family Winery
2012 Land's Edge Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Land's Edge Vineyards
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What’s that you say? You love fantastic Pinot Noir? Well, do we have a delectable and very exciting Pinot for you, today, from our friends at Hartford Court Winery!
Nearly every Pinot Noir that is produced by this family-owned winery receives a 90+ point score. Each and every vintage. This sort of consistent greatness is a testament to the family’s vineyards and their winemaking prowess. While they produce other wonderful varietals, Hartford’s Pinot Noirs are their crowning achievements.
Today’s Hartford Court 2012 Land’s Edge Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir garnered a 90+ Point accolade from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate - and extremely high praise from our own tasting panel. We all adored this wine. Agent Red cited this wine as ‘something really special.’
Be sure to get your hands on this very special wine.
Deep ruby at its heart, with a rustic red rim at the very edge of the glass.
Well balanced, with sweet red fruit of strawberry and dark cherry laid against cherry cola, orange zest, clove, sage, and pomegranate.
Elegent, with equal footing for both fruit and earth flavors. Sweet blackberry, reduced cherry, and blueberry mingle with unsweetened cola, freshly fallen leaves, aged sandalwood, black peppercorn, nutmeg, and a hint of earthy minerality.
Not overpowering in any one area, but very well balanced in all, this wine is absolutely beautiful. Silky smooth on entry, the wine leaves you with just a hint of blueberry at the very tip of the tongue.
An herb-encrusted filet, perfectly grilled, served alongside freshly roasted mushrooms.
What the Winery Says
Land’s Edge Pinot Noir is sourced from vineyards located at the ‘Land’s Edge’ of the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyards are driven by a maritime influence producing a small but concentrated crop of Pinot Noir that is harvested in late September through mid-October. The foggy coastal climate preserves natural acidity in the grapes and helps delineate the purity of fruit flavors and expression of the unique coastal terroir in this wine. Balanced acidity, layers of complexity and firm tannins will allow for long and graceful aging of Land’s Edge Vineyards Pinot Noir.
The nose leads with black cherry and black raspberry, balanced with aromas of crushed quartz and dried rose petal. The layered flavors of dark berries, licorice and dried flowers lead to a mid-palate with elegant and polished texture. The wine ends with a lingering mocha and mineral finish.
90+ Point Review - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate The nose leads with black cherry and black raspberry, balanced with aromas of crushed quartz and dried rose petal. The layered flavors of dark berries, licorice and dried flowers lead to a mid-palate with elegant and polished texture. The wine ends with a lingering mocha and mineral finish.
- Jeff Stewart
- 90+ Points - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
- 10 months in 100% French oak
About the Winery
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. 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. Surviving adversity builds character, and personality, in both.
Winemaker Jeff Stewart
Born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, California, Jeff Stewart is, not surprisingly, an avid skier. But it was a summer trip to France and an enthusiastic chemistry teacher that enticed him away from the mountains and into winemaking.
“My summer in France was really my first experience with wine as part of the family meal. I was fascinated with the lifestyle and the importance of wine in that culture,” says Jeff. “I knew I wanted to pursue a career in science and, after several conversations with my high school chemistry teacher, I was soon enrolled in the Viticulture and Enology program at U.C. Davis.”
A UC Davis graduate with a degree in Fermentation Science, Viticulture, and Enology, Jeff has been making Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Old Vine Zinfandel in the Russian River and Sonoma County for over 25 years. Having also held winemaking positions at Laurier, De Loach, Mark West, Kunde, La Crema and most recently Buena Vista Carneros, Jeff brings with him a wealth of experience and an established reputation for quality.
His deft hand with cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in particular make him a perfect fit to lead the winemaking team at Hartford Family Winery.
Uniquely expressive, the vineyard sites chosen for Hartford Family Winery are located in some of the coolest areas of the Russian River Valley, Green Valley, Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley and Carneros appellations.
We believe that limited intervention promotes the expression of vineyard personality or character and adds to our belief in sustainability.
We have performed in depth soils analyses of each of our vineyards. Different soils have been identified and vineyards were mapped into small blocks at the time of planting. Farming practices and rootstock/clonal selections are then tailored to the soils and other environmental conditions. Our goal is to allow each specific block within a vineyard to express its optimum, most distinctive character.
The least invasive farming principles are followed. Organic practices are employed in several of our vineyards and Biodynamic practices have been used at two sites. Several of our established vineyards are dry-farmed and not irrigated. We feel over-watering of vines produces more crop but dilutes flavors.