2013 Hartford Court Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay
92-94 Points -
"The 2013 Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay 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."
- Antonio Galloni,Vinous, January 2015
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 and key lime flavors, with a lingering finish of green apple and underlying mineral flavors. This amazing wine is truly a unique expression of terroir along the western edge of Sonoma County.
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous, January 2015
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.
Oak: 100% French oak; 32 % new
Time in oak: 16 months
Alcohol: 14.2 %
TA: 6.1 g / L
Cases produced: 346
No fining or filtration