— Crash Davis, “Bull Durham”[/pullquote]
After searching for a week, the quote to the right is the best I could do as a description of Hartford’s 2010 “Jennifer’s” pinot noir. Lush, thick aromas of dense chocolate, black cherries and rose petals. Flavors of more black cherries with a hint of sandalwood. Even more black cherries on the finish ending with a tantalizing hint of more chocolate. Which, of course, induces one to take the next sip. Jennifer is a winner.
This wine arrived with our regular shipment from the Hartford wine club.
From the Hartford Website
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 is sourced from a vineyard in the windy and very cool Sebastopol Hills sub region of the Russian River Valley AVA. Jennifer’s Pinot is planted primarily to clone 23 and is known for very 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.
Oak: 100% French oak; 30% new
Time in oak: 16 months
Cases produced: 305
Unfiltered and unfined