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2016 Hartford Court Fog Dance Vineyard Chardonnay NEW RELEASE

97 Points -

"Coming from the Green Valley region of the Russian River, the 2016 Chardonnay Fog Dance Vineyard was fermented and aged in just 17% new French oak, with the balance all in used barrels. It's an exotic, melon, brioche, and citrus pith-scented effort that has a touch of reduction that lends a beautiful sense of complexity. Rich and powerful on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness, nicely integrated acidity, and a big finish, it's another wine that has one foot in the Russian River and one foot in Burgundy." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2019

$65 QTY

Tasting Notes 

The 2016 Fog Dance displays bright aromas of citrus oil, peach pit and orange blossom. The flavors of mandarin orange, white peach and preserved lemon meld together with a mineral-driven finish, reflecting its cool Green Valley terroir.

Historic Acclaim 

2015: "As good as it gets" 96 points Je Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com June 2018
2016: "Outstanding" 95 Points Robert Parker The Wine Advocate, October 2018
2014: "Outstanding" 93-95 Points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, October 2015
2014: "Outstanding" 90-92 Points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2016
2013: "Outstanding" 92-94 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2014
2013: "Outstanding" 90-92 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2015
2013: "Outstanding" 90 points The Wine Spectator
2012: "Outstanding" 92-94 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2013
2012: "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2014
2012: "Outstanding" 90 points The Wine Spectator
2012: "Outstanding" 90-92 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 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
2011: "Outstanding" 93 points Wine Enthusiast Online
2010: "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2012
2010: "Outstanding" 90-92 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2011
2009: "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2011
2009: "Outstanding" 92 points The Wine Spectator
2009: "Outstanding" 92-94 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, February 2011

Vineyard & Vintage Character 

The 2016 vintage was another ideal growing season which produced very concentrated wines in the Russian River Valley. The Fog Dance Vineyard Chardonnay is sourced from our estate owned, organically farmed vineyard in the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley AVA. This stunningly beautiful vineyard was planted in 1998 with Dijon Chardonnay clone 96 and ENTAV 809 on Goldridge fine sandy loam—a combination of decomposed sandstone and volcanic ash - and a soil that’s highly prized by winemakers in this region.

The 2015 Fog Dance Vineyard Chardonnay is among our small production, single vineyard wines and is named for the dance performed by the Pacific fog that drifts through the vineyards and back again to the sea each day. This wine reflects its cool Green Valley terroir, showing fresh fruit brightness and amazing transparency along with a refined, mineral-driven texture.

Wine Details 

Oak: 100% French oak, 39% new
Time in oak: 17 months
TA: 5.5g/L
pH: 3.32
Alcohol: 14.6%
Cases produced: 327
Unfined and unfiltered