Lot #35 HARTFORD FAMILY WINERY
- Russian River Valley
ABOUT THE WINE:
In Greek mythology, “Cassiopeia” was a queen who often boasted about her unrivaled beauty. She was placed in the northern sky by Poseidon as punishment for her vanity. The resulting constellation has five bright stars in it and is easily recognized by its “w” shape. No one can say whether the “w” in the constellation is meant to remind mortals of “wine.” For Hartford Family Winery, a blend of their top five vineyards for this the barrel auction lot is certainly reminiscent of “Cassiopeia” and exudes the unrivaled beauty of Russian River Pinot Noir. They normally make single vineyard bottlings from these five sites and this is the very first time they have blended them together.
The family-owned Hartford Family Winery was established in 1994, specifically to produce single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The five sites used for “Cassiopeia” – Arrendell, Bellflower, Fog Dance, Jennifer’s and Maclean’s Block Vineyards – are in different areas of the Russian River Valley. One is near Occidental, two in Green Valley, one in the Sebastopol Hills and one in the Santa Rosa plains. Unique nuances from each of these very different vineyards come from the soils and the climates, each site making a delicious contribution to the final wine.
The winemaking team at Hartford belives in a very hands-off approach, sometimes even calling it “lazy winemaking” because they interfere with the wine as little as possible. All of their wines spontaneously go through a native primary fermentation, as well as a malolactic fermentation. They also keep new oak usage to a minimum. The resulting “Cassiopeia” shows bright black cherry and blackberry fruit with notes of spice, tea and earth on the nose, followed by blackberry, plum and black cherry fruit on the palate alongside citrus like blood-orange. The acidity is fresh and lively, and balances well with the firm but polished tannin that leads to a long finish.
WINEMAKER(S): Tiaan Lordan
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: August 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: January 2023
National Distribution: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, Washington, DC
International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.