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2015 Hartford Court Far Coast Vineyard Chardonnay

100 POINTS

"Coming from a coastal site just four miles off the Pacific, the 2015 Chardonnay Far Coast Vineyard was barrel fermented and aged 16 months in 43% new French oak. Buttered citrus, lemon, honeysuckle, white flowers, and building, salty minerality all emerge from this awesomely concentrated, deep, layered, and structured Chardonnay. This is a powerhouse. Full-bodied, opulent, concentrated, yet with bright acidity and perfect balance, it's an incredible effort and one of the finest Chardonnays out there." - Jeb Dunnuck, June 2018

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Tasting Notes 

This vintage of the Far Coast Vineyard Chardonnay exhibits aromas of orange zest, yellow apple, dried fruits and spice. The flavors lead with tangerine, mandarin orange and quince, followed by a long textural finish of minerals and gravel.

Historic Acclaim 

2015: "Extraordinary" 96-100 Points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2016
2014: "Outstanding" 94-96 Points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2015
2014: "Outstanding" 91-93 Points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2016
2013: "Outstanding" 92-94 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, December 2014
2012: "Outstanding" 95-97 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2013
2012: "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2014
2011: "Outstanding" 92-93 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2013
2011: "Outstanding" 90-92 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, April 2013
2010: "Outstanding" 92-93 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2012
2010: "Outstanding" 90-92 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2012
2009: "Outstanding" 93 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2011
2009: "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2011

Vineyard & Vintage Character 

Our Far Coast Vineyard is a cool site surrounded by redwood forests and located 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 800-1000 feet above sea level. The soils at this ridge-top 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 2015 vintage was a low yielding but high quality year on the Sonoma Coast which produced very complex and expressive wines. This wine was produced from a block planted to Clones 15 and 809.

Wine Details 

Oak: 100% French oak, 37% new 
Time in oak: 16 months
Yeast: Native
Alcohol: 14.7%
TA: 5.7 g/L
pH: 3.47
Cases produced: 302
Unfined and unfiltered

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