By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.hartfordwines.com
Hartford wines is a producer of premium wines in the Sonoma area of California. It’s committed to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. This pinot is from its Seascape vineyard -west of the town of Occidental.
- Oak: 100% French oak; 60% new
- Time in oak: 15 months
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- TA: 5.3g/L
- pH: 3.67
- Cases produced: 250
- No fining or filtration
- Price: $45
Nose: Cherry cola with cedar chips – to be honest it smells a bit over-oaked, however, some of that blows off with a good decant or lots of time to air-out in the glass. I also pick up nice notes of Christmas spices, baking spice, tar, fresh-baked bread and black cherry.
Taste: If I were to blind-taste this wine, I would probably not guess a “pinot” – it has a very smooth mouthfeel from the oak and has a ton of black-cherry cola action to go with it. I had to let it air-out for awhile to get rid of some of the pervasive oakiness and the wine actually was very good after awhile. Smooth mid-palate with a finish that hangs out for weeks make this a pinot-haters pinot. A solid effor that should be far better with another 8-10 years of age.