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2012 Hartford Court Marin County Pinot Noir

SKU #1198106 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A new offering, the 2012 Pinot Noir Marin County comes from that wealthy county on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way to Sonoma. Its dark ruby color is followed by notes of forest floor, autumnal vegetation, earth, cloves, black cherries and plums. Elegant, medium-bodied, refreshing and lighter-styled, but intense, it can be drunk over the next 5-6 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright red. Zesty red berry and Asian spice scents are complemented by deeper-pitched notes of licorice and mocha. Shows vibrancy and tension on the palate, offering bitter cherry and redcurrant flavors and a touch of earthiness. Closes tangy and long, with slow-building tannins lending shape. Inner quote mark (5/2014)

K&L Notes

Marin County, south of Sonoma, shares some viticultural characteristics with the proposed Petaluma Gap AVA--part of which is, indeed, located within Marin. However, Marin is where the gap ends, and the climate, while cool and perfect for dairy pasture, as much of it is in, is cool but not extreme. The Pinot Noir vineyards here are few but sought-after, and it's fascinating to compare examples from such notable producers as Sean Thackrey, Dutton-Goldfield, Pey-Marin and Hartford Court.

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