2011 Hartford Court Far Coast Chardonnay
92-93 Points -
"Bright yellow. Powerful, deeply pitched poached pear, mango and iodine aromas, with a zesty mineral overtone. Rich and broad but energetic as well, offering chewy orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a smoky nuance. Quite lithe for such a powerful wine, and showing no excess fat. Closes on a spicy note, with excellent clarity, energy and length."
—Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2013
This vintage of the Far Coast Vineyard Chardonnay exhibits aromas and flavors of orange zest, yellow apple, and quince and spice followed by a long textural finish of minerals and gravel.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
Our Far Coast Vineyard is a cool site surrounded by redwood forests, almost two hours north of the Russian River on a Sonoma Coast mountain ridge. It is an area that some call the "True Sonoma Coast." Others would simply describe the distant vineyard site as "the middle of nowhere." Far Coast Vineyard sits just south of the town of Annapolis at 600 to 800 feet above sea level. The soils at this ridgetop site are well-drained Goldridge sandy loam, which helps to intensify the sense of minerality and focus in the wines produced from this vineyard. The 2011 vintage was another very cool and low yielding vintage on the Sonoma Coast that produced very concentrated wines. This wine was produced from a block planted to Clones 15 and 809.
Oak: 100% French oak, 44% new
Time in oak: 16 months
TA: 5.5 g/L
Cases produced: 280
Unfined and unfiltered