2014 Hartford Court Chardonnay Stone Cote Vineyard

Year: 2014
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 95-97
Vinous Media: 89-92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"Displays a pithy citrus side, with tangerine, nectarine and white peach notes giving this a refreshing vitality and layers of complexity and nuance. Drink now through 2020. 448 cases made. –JL " (WS)

"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." (WA)

"The 2014 Chardonnay Stone Côte Vineyard is laced with pretty floral, spice, apricot pit, orange peel and lightly buttered notes, all in a mid-weight, gracious style that will drink well young early. The Stone Côte emerges from a parcel within the famed Durrell Vineyard." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Vineyard Character:
The Stone Côte Vineyard is a small block within the renowned Durell Vineyard that sits upon an ancient riverbed at the southern end of the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard’s topography was shaped eons ago by a river flowing through volcanic and sedimentary rock on its way to the San Pablo Bay. Tumbled and water-worn river rocks now litter the landscape and very little topsoil remains. The nutritionally challenged soils force the vines to search deeply for nutrients and water and as a result, the stressed vines yield very small clusters with intense varietal flavors. Climatically, this vineyard site is characterized by relatively cool daytime temperatures and maritime breezes, which marry with the low-fertility soils to create an ideal site for growing Chardonnay. The wine’s flinty aromas and mineral-laden finish are a reflection of Durell’s intrinsic terroir.

Tasting Notes:
This single-vineyard bottling from one of our most well-known estate vineyards offers aromas of white peach, spiced pears, orange blossom, hazelnuts and crushed rocks. Stone fruit, nectarine and tangelo flavors are counter balanced with a flinty, textural finish.