2018 Hartford Court Fog Dance Vineyard Chardonnay

94+ Points -

"The 2018 Chardonnay Fog Dance Vineyard was 100% barrel fermented in French oak barrels, 32% new, and aged for 15months. It rocks up with open-knit scents of peach cobbler, apple crumble, and gingersnap with suggestions of white pepper, almond croissant, and oyster shell. Medium-bodied, the palate reveals loads of nuanced layers with a lively line lifting the stone fruit and apple flavors to a long finish. " - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, January 2021

2018 Fog Dance Chardonnay
$65
QTY

Tasting Notes

The 2017 Fog Dance Chardonnay 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

2016:  97 points Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com June 2019

2016: 95 Points Robert Parker The Wine Advocate, October 2018

2015: 96 points Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com June 2018

2014: 93-95 Points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, October 2015

2014: 90-92 Points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2016

2013: 92-94 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2014

2013: 90-92 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2015

2013: 90 points The Wine Spectator

2012: 92-94 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2013

2012: 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2014

2012: 90 points The Wine Spectator

2012: 90-92 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2014

2011: 92-93 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2013

2011: 90-92 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, April 2013

2011: 93 points Wine Enthusiast Online

2010: 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2012

2010: 90-92 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2011

2009: 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2011

2009: 92 points The Wine Spectator

2009: 92-94 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, February 2011

Vineyard & Vintage Character

The 2018 vintage was another wonderful growing season, with a late bud break and a fairly mild summer with no heat spikes. This produced very concentrated and balanced wines in the Russian River. 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 soil that’s highly prized by winemakers in this region.

This wine 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, 32% new
Time in oak: 15 months
TA: 5.5g/L
pH: 3.27
Alcohol: 14.4%
Cases produced: 308
Unfined and unfiltered

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