2016 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Land's Edge - Wine Watch's top pick for A California Pinot Noir under $50! On sale at the best price in the country!!

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Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures.

M.F.K. FISHER, introduction, Vin et Fromage


We have been so busy promoting our wine tasting events that it has been hard to get an e-mail out to promote selling wine!! And the next few weeks offer a wide range of tasting opportunities, but the first six events of 2021 have all SOLD OUT!! 

I will keep trying to get these notices out to out “Wine Drinking People” two weeks in advance, but you may want to keep an eye on our calendar of events as many of our events sell out before we have a chance to send out the notice!!

We only have space for 16 tasters at most with our social distancing set up in the Wine Bar but we do offer a private dining room set up in the cave for parties of 6 or more on any Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights that we are hosting a wine tasting event.

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The Wine Bar is only open for our wine tasting events currently, but we do have a single table in the Wine Cave, we only require that you are a party of 6 or more and that you pre-select your menu items in advance with chef Toni.

Here is one of our favorite California producers of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel – Yes, I said Zinfandel and favorite in the same sentence!  Because Hartford Court Winery does not produce a wine that is not at lease Excellent in quality!!

We have been following Hartford Winery from day one when Don Hartford came to South Florida to showcase his new releases from the 1996 and 1997 vintages at Two Chefs restaurant in Miami.  He put them on the table blind against some of the top wines from the 1996 vintage from Burgundy including blue chips like Dujac, DRC and Jayer, some of the most expensive wines in the world!!  On that afternoon, the 30 tasters in the room picked his wines first, second and third!!

This was a testament to the quality at Hartford Court from day one and even though Don is now in charge of the entire Jackson family empire of wineries around the world, he still goes out to promote the winery with his namesake on the label.  We catch up with Don whenever he is in town and I have included on this offering our last interview on Wine Watch TV with the Don of Hartford Court.

Hartford Court Land’s Edge Pinot Noir at the Best Price in the Country!

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2016 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Lands Edge Sonoma Coast

Price: $49.50       Your Price: $37.50

The primary source of fruit for Land’s Edge Pinot Noir is Hartford Court’s Annapolis Vineyard, located along the windswept northern part of the Sonoma Coastal Mountain Range overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  There is only one cascading ridge between the ocean, Annapolis Vineyard and the other vineyards, including Seascape Vineyard, from which Land’s Edge is sourced.  The resulting cold climate reduces the Pinot Noir crop to miniscule levels - often picked as late as November.  However, this cool, and frequently foggy, coastal climate preserves natural acidity in the berries, helping to delineate the purity of the fruit flavors.  Balanced acidity, layers of complexity and firm tannins will allow for long and graceful aging of this highly expressive, inaugural vintage of Land’s Edge Vineyards Pinot

WINE WATCH TASTING NOTES: A blend of the seven single vineyards go into this wine.  Sweet cherry pie like fruit with notes of exotic spices, fresh flowers and nice complexity and ripe rich fruit.  Smooth and silky with a nice amount of spice and a firm hand of acidity holding things together, nice floral and spice notes lingering through the finish.  TASTING DATE 9/14/20.  Excellent +

(93 Points) Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Land’s Edge Vineyards reveals a wonderfully expressive nose of pomegranate, red and black cherries and mulberries with touches of rhubarb, forest floor and yeast extract. Medium-bodied, the soft, silken palate has bags of elegance and restraint with red and black fruit layers and earthy accents, finishing with great length.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


Check out our interview with Don Hartford:


Don Hartford Interview: Hartford Court Pinot Noir - YouTube


Don Hartford grew up on a small strawberry farm in western Massachusetts, and later attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. To cover the cost of tuition and expenses, Don worked as a "straw boss" on a cigar wrapper tobacco farm, a de-degreaser in a bicycle factory, and a lifeguard at Congamond Lakes in Massachusetts.

Although his early years were heavily influenced by agriculture, farming was not Don's first choice as a profession.  He went to school to study law and after earning a B.A., Don spent a year teaching English as a second language in Spain and later taught Spanish for four years in Massachusetts. In 1982 he graduated from Santa Clara University Law School in northern California. Don's legal career included work at the California Supreme Court, a Tokyo law firm, a large San Francisco-based firm, and Jess Jackson's Constitutional law practice. He also was a partner in a small country law partnership, and served for a time as a winery general counsel and vice president.   If it was not for his first career choice he would not have met his wife and he might not have ever gotten into the wine business at all.  Don Hartford met his wife, Jennifer Jackson-Hartford, at Santa Clara University in 1979. Shortly thereafter, Jennifer's father, Jess, started a modest 16,000 case winery called Kendall-Jackson.

In the process, Don has returned to one of his first loves-the land and farming.  In addition, he owns and farms a small vineyard behind his home. As President and part owner of Hartford Court and Hartford Wineries (with Jennifer and Jennifer's sister, Laura Jackson-Giron), Don works "hands on" at all levels of the business, including work in the vineyards, winery, marketing, hospitality and sales.   Don loves the South Florida market and on a recent visit we blind tasted the 1997 & 1998 vintages of the Hartford Court Pinots alongside 1996 grand cru Burgundies.  These wines not only held their own, but they came in first, second, and third place on this afternoon.

 Hartford Court specializes in single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Some of the wines that they offer are as limited as 50 cases.  All of the wines come from cool locations in the Russian River and along the Sonoma Coast, wines that express the terroir of their unique vineyards.  Hartford court also makes three single vineyard Zinfandels.  Fannucchi, Hartford Vineyard & Highwire.  The Fanucchi Vineyard is ninety years old and is located about seven acres on a slight rise off Wood Road in the Russian River Valley, it is dry farmed and has been tended by the Fanucchi family for over twenty years.  Hartford Vineyard is Don’s home vineyard, the vines here are approximately eighty years old and it is located on Wood Road as well.  The vineyard is head pruned and produces yields at around 1.5 tons per acre.   The Highwire Vineyard is about ninety years old and is named after the high wire that is strung between each vine, this trellising method is highly controversial and is thought to permit greater sun exposure and to promote even ripening.  These wines all have one thing in common- they are intensely flavored and usually some of the top wines of the vintage.

The Chardonnay vineyard on the Sonoma coast is called Seascape Vineyard.  It is a six-acre site on a scenic ridge-top west of Occidental, California, in the Sonoma Coast AVA.  The vineyard backs up to an old redwood grove on one side, and looks out over cascading ridges to Bodega Bay and the Pacific Ocean.  The well-known Coastlands Vineyard borders the property. Because there is no ridge between the vineyard and the ocean, Seascape is an extremely cold spot - so cold Chardonnay is often picked in November. The vineyard is cropped to about two tons per acre to ensure full ripening. Although the farming risks are high, Seascape offers great reward of yielding a Chardonnay with evidently distinctive terroir. They make a single vineyard Chardonnay with fruit from this vineyard only in exceptional vintages.   The production of this wine hovers at around 600 cases.  Beginning with the 1998 vintage the winery began to bottle a Chardonnay under the Hartford label and added some Dutton Ranch and Durrel Vineyard fruit to boost the production of this wine to around 5,000 cases.  The Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay will still be made, but only in exceptional vintages.

2013 Hartford Court Chardonnay Seascape Vineyard

Price: $75.00       Your Price: $66.00            Quantity in Stock: 4

1997 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Marin County

Price: $62.00       Your Price: $54.56            Quantity in Stock: 2

1998 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Russian River

Price: $52.00       Your Price: $45.76            Quantity in Stock: 1

2012 Hartford Court Pinot Noir MacLean's Block

Price: $70.50       Your Price: $62.04            Quantity in Stock: 2

2014 Hartford Marin Pinot Noir Marin County

Price: $70.50       Your Price: $62.04            Quantity in Stock: 1

2015 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard

Price: $96.75       Your Price: $85.14            Quantity in Stock: 1

2017 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Hailey Block

Price: $70.50       Your Price: $62.04            Quantity in Stock: 1


2018 Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir

Price: $30.00       Your Price: $26.40            Quantity in Stock: 13


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