2012 Hartford Court Sevens Bench Vineyard Estate Carneros Pinot Noir

15.0% alc., pH 3.77, TA 0.57, 163 cases, $65. Release September 2015. The name Sevens Bench comes from the two clones planted on the winery‚Äôs block: 37 (Mt Eden) and Dijon 777. First release from this vineyard since 2009. Some whole cluster. Aged 17 months in 100% French oak barrels, 25% new. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of peppery cherry, dark rose and earthy loam. The mid weight black cherry core is framed by firm tannins and accented with a compliment of oak. Earthy and savory, with soft acidity, and a remarkably intense and long finish. Will benefit from more time in bottle. Score: 91-92. Reviewed May 4, 2015

Winery: Hartford Family Winery
From article: On the Pinot Trail: Hartford Family Winery