2017 Hartford Court Fog Dance Vineyard Chardonnay

96 Points -

"Intensely flavored and full-bodied in style, this wine shows golden oak, honey, and flint, with a floral earthiness throughout. Fig, pear, and quince dance around the opulence and texture, as forest mushroom and a touch of spice tease on the finish" - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, October 2020

Hartford Court Fog Dance Chardonnay
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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: "As good as it gets" 97 points Je Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com June 2019

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

2015: "As good as it gets" 96 points Je Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com June 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 2017 vintage was another ideal growing season, our first normal rainfall year after several drought years in a row. This produced very concentrated 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 a 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, 40% new
Time in oak: 16 months
TA: 5.5g/L
pH: 3.20
Alcohol: 14.6%
Cases produced: 274
Unfined and unfiltered

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