2016 Hartford Court Far Coast Vineyard Chardonnay

98 POINTS -

"Always one of my favorites, the 2016 Chardonnay Far Coast Vineyard is another classic beauty from this estate. Caramelized lemon and orchard fruits, beautiful minerality, notes of white flowers, spice, and some salty marine notes all dominate the nose. Medium to full-bodied, it offers beautiful tension and elegance, bright acidity, and a great finish. This rich, powerful, structured Chardonnay will be better with a year or two of bottle age and should evolve for over a decade." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2019

Far Coast Chardonnay
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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

2016: "As good as it gets" 98 points Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2019

2016: "Extraordinary" 96 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2018

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 2016 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: 14.5%
TA: 5.2 g/L
pH: 3.46
Cases produced: 323
Unfined and unfiltered