2009 Hartford Court Chardonnay Stone Cote Vineyard

Year: 2009
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Vinous Media: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.6%
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"Very rich and creamy, big and ripe, with fig, melon and smoky oak notes, yet given its size this turns elegant and detailed on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 643 cases made. " (WS)

"One of my perennial favorites, the 2009 Chardonnay Stone Cote Vineyard (actually a block of vines within the Durell Vineyard) enjoys indigenous yeast fermentation, aging in French oak, and bottling without filtration. It exhibits lots of green apple, honeyed melon, quince and nectarine notes in its full-bodied, beautifully textured, crisp, fresh yet substantial personality. It should drink well for 3-4 years.

Owned by Jess Jackson and Don Hartford and assisted by winemaker Jeff Mangalas, Hartford Court is one of the bright shining stars in Jess Jackson Family Vineyard’s impressive portfolio. All three Chardonnays come from cool climate sites, either the Sonoma Coast or the Green Valley. I tasted five 2008 Pinot Noirs, a challenging vintage for some producers but Hartford Court had no smoke issues." (WA)

"Bright gold. Lemon zest, apple and baking spices on the nose, plus a slightly honeyed nuance. Juicy, clean and linear on entry, then richer in the middle, with good mineral lift to its juicy orchard fruit flavors. Finishes with very good length and focus, repeating the spice and honey note strongly." (IWC)