Saturday, May 10, 2008

2005 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Land's Edge Vineyard

This was our second visit to this pinot, and it was every bit as good as the first. For somewhere around $40, this has to be one of my favorite California pinot noir.
This bottle was popped and poured at just above cellar temperature, and had an awesome nose of cherry cola, caramel, vanilla, moss, and other red fruits...maybe even some jammy raspberry. On the palate, lots of candied cherry, vanilla, caramel, and very silky on the tongue...quite a bit of spice as well, almost like a syrah, but this and the tannins calmed as it spent more time in the glass, and as the bottle opened up. Finish was short and not over complex, and I would say it had a medium complexity. All in all, a great wine that I will purchase again and cellar for a few years. This particular bottle was more of a new world fruit forward pinot, compared to the first bottle that we had. Definitely need to pick up a few more of these to cellar! All in all, a great pinot worthy of 91 points. Cheers!

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