Saturday, March 20, 2010

1998 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Jennifer's

Popped and poured, initially this wine was showing a beautiful nose of dark cherries and blackberry, but nothing but sour prune juice on the palate, and was very unpleasant. Left the bottle on the counter and pulled an '03 Fiddlehead 728 pinot to drink instead. After finishing the Fiddlehead a few hours later, we revisited this bottle, and it opened up and gained some flavor, but is definitely over the hill.

The nose still showed the same, but now added hints of brown sugar and some jammy raspberry. On the palate, the prune was gone, but the fruit was still in the background, showing to be very tired and subdued. This bottle was definitely over the hill, and storage just may have been an issue with this bottle. Some subtle strawberry on the palate, but the wine was thin and tired. Short finish, with some acidity. Drink 'em if you got 'em, as I don't see these getting any bettr with time. 82 points.

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