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The History of Hartford Family Winery

1994

  • The winery makes its first Hartford Court wines.

1996

  • Inaugural vintage wines are released.
  • Hartford Court is chosen as Artisan Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits.
  • Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir is chosen Best Pinot Noir by the Wine News.
  • Bon Appétit selects a Hartford Court wine as one of its Top Wines of the Year.
  • The Hartford Vineyard Zinfandel is chosen by The Wine Spectator's James Laube as one of the "Best Zins available in 1996".
  • All 1994 releases receive high acclaim from other prestigious wine publications, such as The Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits.

1997-1999

  • Hartford Court wines are served at the White House on several occasions.
  • The 1996 Hartford Court, Dutton Ranch-Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir is chosen Best Pinot Noir at The Monterey Wine Festival.
  • The 1996 Hartford Court Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay is described by Robert Parker in The Wine Advocate as "A dead ringer for a high class white Burgundy."
  • The 1996 Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel is awarded Best Zinfandel at The Monterey Wine Festival.
  • The 1995 Hartford Vineyard Zinfandel is chosen Best Zinfandel at The San Francisco Wine Fair.

2000-2001

  • The 1998 Hartford Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel is awarded Sweepstakes Red Wine (Best Red Wine of Show) at the 2000 Sonoma County Harvest Fair.
  • With unprecedented success, Hartford Family Winery earns consecutive Harvest Fair Sweepstakes awards, winning the Sweepstakes White Wine (Best White Wine of Show) at the 2001 Sonoma County Harvest Fair with the 1999 Hartford Court Laura's Chardonnay.
  • Robert Parker in The Wine Advocate complements the winery generally by stating that "It appears that Hartford has entered the upper echelon of Pinot Noir and Zinfandel producers in Northern California", Dec 2000.
  • Additional excellent reviews from Decanter, Restaurant Wines and Wine Enthusiast on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel highlight consistently high quality of Hartford Family Wines.

2002

  • Hartford Family winemaker Mike Sullivan named Winemaker of the Year by Ronn Wiegand M.S., M.W., in Restaurant Wines.
  • The Boston Herald runs an article on pinot noir entitled "Outstanding Pinot Noir Comes With the Terroir" focusing on Don Hartford, the Hartford Family Winery, and Hartford Pinot Noirs.
  • Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate names Mike Sullivan, Hartford Family Winery winemaker, a "wine personality of the year."

2003

  • 2000 Hartford Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel named in Top Ten Wines of 2002 by Bob Johnson, Wine Times, Jan 8 2003.
  • Hartford Sonoma Coast Chardonnay bottle shot is featured on the cover of Wine & Spirits, Aug 2003.
  • Hartford Vineyard Zinfandel listed as Number 6 of "Top 100 Wines of 2003" by Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2003.

2004

  • Hartford Family Winery named as an "Artisan Winery of the Year" by Wine & Spirits, Dec 2004.

2005

  • Robert Parker reviews Hartford Family Winery's wines and states "These are always some of the most exciting as well as diverse offerings in my tastings, and I always walk away shaking my head at just how good they are."
  • 2002 Hartford Court Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir served at the White House.
  • 2004 Hartford Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir awarded Best of Class Pinot Noir at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair (Best Pinot Noir tasted over $25).

2006

  • Robb Report’s Bret Anderson reviews Hartford Court 2003 Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay in Top 100 Brilliant Wines of 2005. Robb Report, Nov 2005
  • 2003 Hartford Court Stone Côte Vineyard Chardonnay named in Wine & Spirits 100 Best Wines of 2006.
  • 2003 Hartford Court Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay is made an Editor's Choice in Robb Report's Top One Hundred Wines Issue, Nov 2006.
  • 2003 Seascape Vineyard Pinot Noir named in Top 10 Pinot Noirs tasted by Wine & Spirits.

2007

  • Hartford Family Winery named in top 100 Vintners of 2007 by Robb Report, Nov 2007.
  • 2005 Hartford Court Land's Edge Vineyards Pinot Noir ranked Seventh Wine and Top Pinot Noir in Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2007, Dec 2007.
  • 2004 Hartford Court Fog Dance Vineyards Pinot Noir and 2004 Hartford Court Stone Côte Vineyard Chardonnay Named in Top 101 Wines of 2007 by Canadian Wine Access.
  • 2005 Hartford Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel and 2005 Jolene's Vineyard Zinfandel named in Bon Appétit list of wines to serve with turkey for the Holidays, Nov 2007.
  • 2005 Hartford Court Stone Côte Vineyard Chardonnay recommended by Food and Wine as a "wine to buy", Nov 2007.
  • 2006 Hartford Court Stone Côte Vineyard Chardonnay rated 96 points by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate - among highest rated Chardonnays of 2007, Dec 2007.

2008

  • Hartford Family Winery named a 2008 Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits, Winter 2008.
  • 2005 Hartford Court Far Coast Pinot Noir Top Rated Pinot Noir of 2007 by Wine & Spirits, Apr 2008.
  • 2007 Hartford Court Four Hearts Vineyard Chardonnay rated 96 points by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate - among highest rated Chardonnays of 2008, Dec 2008.
  • 2007 Hartford Court Stone Côte Chardonnay rated 95 points by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate - among highest rated Chardonnays of 2008, Dec 2008.

2009

  • 2007 Stone Côte Chardonnay rated 96 points by Wine Enthusiast, Jul 2009.
  • 2007 Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel rated 96 points by Wine Enthusiast, Aug 2009.
  • 2007 Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir rated 95 points by Wine Enthusiast, Jul 2009.
  • 2007 Hailey's Block Pinot Noir rated 95 points by Wine Enthusiast, Jul 2009.
  • 2007 Four Hearts Chardonnay recommended by Robb Report and described as "White Gold," Jun 2009.

2010

  • 2007 Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir rated 95 points by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate 2/10 and Wine Enthusiast, Aug 2009
  • 2007 Seascape Vineyard Pinot Noir rated 95 points by Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2010
  • Named in Top Wineries of the Year by Wine & Spirits, Nov 2010

2011

  • 2008 Hartford Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel rated 94 points by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate.

2012

  • 2009 Hartford Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel rated 95 points by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate.
  • 2009 Hartford Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel rated 95 points by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Feb 2011

2013

  • 2012 Hartford Court Far Coast Vineyard Chardonnay rated 95-97 points by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec 2013
  • 2012 Hartford Court Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay rated 95-97 points by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec 2013
  • 2012 Hartford Highwire Vineyard Chardonnay rated 95 points by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec 2013
  • Robert Parker comments that "One of the most impressively run wineries in the Russian River AVA is the Hartford Family Winery." Dec 2013

2014

In 2014 Robert Parker in the Wine Advocate commented:

“Hartford Court is run with incredible enthusiasm and competence by Don Hartford and his Winemaker Jeff Stewart.  One of the bright shining stars in California winedom, their Chardonnays are purely Burgundian, with sensational purity and ripeness.  The Pinot Noirs are among the finest of Northern California and the Zinfandels rank alongside … top Zinfandel producers.”  December 2014 The Wine Advocate.

  • 97 Points:  2012 Hartford Court Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley is rated 97 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Dec 2014
  • 95 Points:  2013 Hartford Hartford Vineyard Zinfandel, Russian River Valley is rated 95 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate.  Dec 2014
  • 95 Points:  2013 Hartford Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel, Russian River Valley is rated 95 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Dec 2014

2015

In 2015 Robert Parker in the Wine Advocate commented:

“With proprietor Don Hartford in full control and brilliant winemaker Jeff Stewart having access to magnificent cool climate sites (for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel) Hartford Family Winery continues to be one of the great success stories in California Viticulture.” October 2015

  • 97 Points:  2013 Hartford Court Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley is rated 97 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Oct 2015
  • 96 Points:  2013 Hartford Court Fog Dance Vineyard Pinot Noir, Green Valley of the Russian River Valley is rated 96 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Oct 2015
  • 96 Points:  2013 Hartford Court Velvet Sisters  Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley is rated 96 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocatee. Oct 2015
  • 95 Points:  2013 Hartford Court Seascape Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast is rated 95 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Oct 2015
  • 96 Points:  2013 Hartford Court Four Hearts Vineyards Chardonnay, Russian River Valley is rated 96 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Oct 2015
  • 95-97 Points:  2013 Hartford Court  Stone Cote Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast is rated 95- 97 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Oct 2015
  • 98 Points:  2014 Hartford Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel, Russian River Valley is rated 98 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Oct 2015
  • 96 Points:  2014 Hartford Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel, Russian River Valley is rated 96 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Oct 2015
  • 96 Points:  2014 Hartford Dina’s Vineyard Zinfandel, Russian River Valley is rated 96 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate.  Oct 2015
  • 95 Points:  2014 Hartford Hartford Vineyard Zinfandel, Russian River Valley is rated 95 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate.  Oct 2015
  • 95 Points:  2014 Hartford Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel, Russian River Valley is rated 95 points by Antonio Galloni’s Vinous. Feb 2015

2016

Sunset Magazine recommends Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel. Sunset Magazine 2016