Hartford Court Winery
Hartford Court Winery was founded in 1993 in the town of Forestville. They make some great old vine Zinfandel and Chardonnay, but their true expertise is Pinot Noir production. These wines are able to translate the cool climate of their vineyards into silky wines that possess grace and power.
The 2000 Velvet Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir is an intensely delicate wine from the Green Valley AVA. It simultaneously has forward fruit flavors without upsetting the balance of this finicky varietal.
Hartford Court’s 2001 Marin Pinot Noir is made from a small vineyard in Marin County. Output is limited and the vines only produce about 1.5 tons per acre. This is a rare example of a critically acclaimed wine from Marin County.
The winery’s Seven’s Bench Vineyard Pinot Noir is another excellent single vineyard Pinot Noir. This wine has more spice than the other two Pinots. It is from the warmer Carneros AVA and has more body than the Green Valley and Marin examples.
The 2001 Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay is produced from vines grown in Coastal Sonoma County. The cool, oceanic influence imparts crisp acidity in this wine. A pure example of the varietal, it does not overpower food as overly oaky Chardonnays can.