2015 Hartford Court Sevens Bench Vineyard Chardonnay
92 Points -
"The 2015 Chardonnay Sevens Bench is soft, supple and beautifully textured, all of which make it easy to drink and enjoy young. Gently leaning tropical fruit and apricot notes Fresh out in this engaging, textured Chardonnay." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous April 2018
True to its Carneros roots, the 2015 Sevens Bench Chardonnay carries the hallmark of the region – fruit intensity balanced by good acidity. The aromas are driven by classic lemon drop, Meyer lemon and a sweet tangerine character. That fruit style follows in the flavors, with the citrus focus carrying through with candied lemon drop balanced by the nice acidity and mineral characters inherent to the region and the clonal selections. Barrel fermentation characters are in the background, adding more complexity to this elegant wine.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
Intensive farming and low yields are the foundations of our Carneros Chardonnay offering. The two blocks farmed for this wine are on a bench with classic Haire clay loam soils, and on a ridge at a 200-foot elevation. This block is part of an uplifted riverbed, which allows good drainage in the traditional clay based soils of the region. The name Sevens Bench is derived from our historical name for our Carneros Pinot Noir and one of the two clones planted on our blocks: Clone 27 (Mount Eden). The other selection is old Rued clone. We are extremely proud to release this second bottling of Sevens Bench Chardonnay and hope you enjoy the wine.
Oak: 100% French oak, 37% new
Time in oak: 16 months
TA: 5.8 g/L
Cases produced: 298
No fining or filtration