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2014 Hartford Court Stone Côte Vineyard Chardonnay

95-97 Points -

"The 2014 Stone Côte Vineyard Chardonnay 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 30th 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." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October, 2016

$65 QTY

Tasting Notes 

"The 2014 Stone Côte Vineyard Chardonnay 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 30th percentile to 50% or so. This wine is a terriffic 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."

 - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October, 2016

           

$65

 

 

Historic Acclaim 

2013 "Oustanding" 95 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2014
2012: "Outstanding" 93-95 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2012: "Outstanding" 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011: "Outstanding" 91-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011: "Outstanding" 90-92 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2010: "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 2012
2009: "Outstanding" 90 points The Wine Spectator
2009: "Outstanding" 92-94 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2010
2008: "Outstanding" 92 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2010
2008: "Outstanding" 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 2010
2007: "Outstanding" 95 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2008
2006: "Extraordinary" 96 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2007
2005: "Outstanding" 93 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2006

Vineyard & Vintage Character 

The Stone Côte Vineyard is a small vineyard block within the well-known Durell Vineyard, which sits upon an ancient riverbed at the southern end of the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard’s topography has been shaped by the river’s flow 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 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 this vineyard’s terroir.