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2014 Hartford Court Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay

91-93 Points -

"­The 2014 Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay is from one of the coldest vineyards in all of Northern California. On a ridgetop close to the town of Occidental, facing Bodega Bay in the Pacific Ocean, it is often the last to ripen – and sometimes as late as late October or November. A deep golden color, exotic tropical fruits, crushed rocks, and an almost saltiness characterize this rather nutty and strikingly Meursault-like Chardonnay that will be somewhat controversial compared to the more classic aromas and
flavors of the other five offerings, but it is still a brilliant, somewhat idiosyncratic Chardonnay in the lineup of the Hartford Court wines. Drink it over the next 4-5 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October, 2016
 

$70 QTY

Tasting Notes 

The 2014 Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay is from one of the coldest vineyards in all of Northern California. On a ridgetop close to the town of Occidental, facing Bodega Bay in the Pacific Ocean, it is often the last to ripen – and sometimes as late as late October or November. A deep golden color, exotic tropical fruits, crushed rocks, and an almost saltiness characterize this rather nutty and strikingly Meursault-like Chardonnay that will be somewhat controversial compared to the more classic aromas and
flavors of the other five offerings, but it is still a brilliant, somewhat idiosyncratic Chardonnay in the lineup of the Hartford Court wines. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2016

Historic Acclaim 

2013 "Outstanding" 90-92 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2013 "Outstanding" 92-94 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2012 "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
2012 "Outstanding" 95-97 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2012 "Outstanding" 91-93 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2011 "Outstanding" 93-94 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
2011 "Outstanding" 94 points The Wine Enthusiast
2009 "Outstanding" 92 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2009 "Outstanding" 93 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
2008 "Outstanding" 93 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
2007 "Outstanding" 93+ points Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate
2007 "Outstanding" 94 points The Wine Enthusiast
2007 "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
2006 "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
2005 "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
2005 "Outstanding" 93 points The Wine Enthusiast
2004 "Outstanding" 91+ points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
2004 "Outstanding" 93 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

Vineyard & Vintage Character 

Seascape Vineyard is a six-acre site on a scenic ridgetop, located 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 an 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.

Wine Details 

Wine Statistics

Oak: 100% French oak; 32 % new

 Time in oak: 15 months

 Alcohol: 14.1 %

 TA: 6.1 g / L

 pH: 3.36

 Cases produced: 219

 No fining or filtration