Monday, December 18, 2017

Hartford Court

For my money Hartford Court is making the best Chardonnay in California. From their Russian River bottling (in my mind the best under $30 bottle of Chardonnay in the store) up to their single vineyard wines Hartford Court continues to produce one amazing Chardonnay after another. We are very excited to offer a couple of Hartford's most limited Chardonnay.

2014 Hartford Court Far Coast Chardonnay $63.99
The 2014 Chardonnay Far Coast Vineyard comes across like a grand cru Chevalier-Montrachet from France. Great minerality, loads of citrus oil, apple blossom, white peach and tangerine notes are all present in this wine aged in 35% new French oak. The wine has stunning concentration, a broad, savory palate, a full body and notes of tropical fruit emerge with further aging. This is another relatively small cuvée of about 12+ barrels of wine, or 310 cases. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.
Rated 94-96/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

2014 Hartford Court Stone Cote Chardonnay...$74.99
The 2014 Chardonnay Stone Côte is actually a tiny parcel within the more famous and larger Durell Vineyard. Like most of these wines, indigenous yeast fermentations are encouraged, and the wine is 100% barrel-fermented and aged completely in French oak with the percentage of new oak generally ranging from the upper 30 percentile to 50% or so. This wine is a terrific example of Chardonnay, with a greenish hue to its light straw color and a stunning nose of tropical fruit, citrus oil and orange blossom. It is full-bodied, has great acidity and delicious up-front fruit. This will be a killer Chardonnay when released next year.
Rated 95-97/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

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