"The 2013 Chardonnay Seascape Vineyard is one of the leanest and lightest of these white wines. From a ridge top west of the town of Occidental, facing Bodega Bay and the Pacific Ocean, this wine sees about 43% new oak, and comes across as Chablis-like. Medium-bodied with fresh apple blossom, crisp red currant and quince notes, it is a fresh, lively, cool-climate Chardonnay that, despite its new oak aging, has a naked appeal and flavor profile. Drink now-2022.
Part of the Jackson Family empire, Hartford Court is run with incredible enthusiasm and competence by Don Hartford and his winemaker, Jeff Stewart. One of the bright shining stars in California winedom, their Chardonnays are clearly Burgundian, but with sensational purity and ripeness. The Pinot Noirs are among the finest of Northern California, and Hartford Court’s Zinfandels rank alongside such top Zinfandel producers as Turley, Limerick Lane and Carlisle. I tasted six impressive 2013 Chardonnays, which are generally aged for 15 months in 100% French oak, with a range of 33% to 44% new. Bottling is done without fining or filtration.
I tasted seven bottled Pinot Noirs from the sensational 2012 vintage. All of them are aged in 100% French oak, with the percentage of new oak ranging from a low of 25% to a high of 40%. Most of these wines spend 16 months in barrel prior to being bottled.
In addition to their enviable portfolio of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, Hartford Court is one of the top Zinfandel specialists in California. The five 2013 Zinfandels I tasted were all bottled early to preserve their fruit and character." (WA)
"The 2013 Chardonnay Seascape Vineyard is quite a bit richer and oilier than the Jennifer's. Mango, pineapple, spices, butter and French oak blossom in a wine that captures a striking interplay of intense fruit allied to bright, piercing acidity. This is another impeccable, absolutely beautiful Chardonnay from Hartford Court. " (VM)
The Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay shows keen acidity with Meyer lemon and exotic floral aromas backed by subtle sea salt nuances. These complex aromatics are complemented by Mandarin orange flavors, and a lingering finish of grilled pineapple, with underlying mineral flavors. This amazing wine is truly a unique expression of terroir along the western edge of Sonoma County.
2011: "Outstanding" 93-94 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2009: "Outstanding" 93 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2008: "Outstanding" 93 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2007: "Outstanding" 93+ points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2007: "Outstanding" 94 points, Steve Heimoff, The Wine Enthusiast
2007: "Outstanding" 92 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2006: "Outstanding" 91+ points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2005: "Outstanding" 92 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2004: "Outstanding" 91+ points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2003: "Extraordinary" 96 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2002: "Extraordinary" 95+ points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2001: "Outstanding" 92+ points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2000: "Outstanding" 91 points, Steve Heimoff, The Wine Enthusiast
Seascape Vineyard is a six-acre site on a scenic ridge-top west of the town of Occidental in the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard abuts an old redwood grove and faces cascading ridges to Bodega Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The well-known Coastlands Vineyard also borders the property. Because there is no ridge between the ocean and the vineyard, Seascape is in extremely cold spot – so cold that Chardonnay is often picked in November. The vineyard is cropped to about two tons per acre to ensure thorough ripening. Although a challenging spot to farm, the reward at Seascape is Chardonnay grapes brimming with personality and a very distinctive terroir.