2019 Hartford Court Radian Vineyard Chardonnay

"The wine opens with a beautiful aroma of white flowers that is complemented by hints of lemon oil and salty ocean air. The combination of cool climate and poor soils lead to a mouthfeel that consists of a complex, layered texture and lively acidity. (Very Limited case production in 2019 - less than 200 cases)." - Jeff Stewart and Tiaan Lordan, Winemakers

Hartford Court Radian Chardonnay
$70
QTY

Tasting Notes

The wine opens with a beautiful aroma of white flowers that is complemented by hints of lemon oil and salty ocean air. The combination of cool climate and poor soils lead to a mouthfeel that consists of a complex, layered texture and lively acidity

Historic Acclaim

2018: 95+ points, Lisa Perrott-Brown, Robert Parker The Wine Advocate, Jan 2021

2018: 94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020

2017: 94 points, Lisa Perrott-Brown, Robert Parker The Wine Advocate, Feb 2020

2017: 90 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2020

Vineyard & Vintage Character

The Sta. Rita Hills is situated in a transverse range, meaning the mountains lie east-west and not north to south, like most mountain ranges on the Pacific Coast. Cold ocean winds and fog therefore easily travel into the valley and cool it down considerably. 2019 is our third vintage of the Radian Vineyard Chardonnay. The vineyard is situated on the western edge of this unique AVA, on a dramatic, steep slope. Soils in the area are very poor, with elevated calcium levels due to an abundance of ancient sea creature fossils.

Wine Details

Oak: 100% French oak, 33% new 
Time in oak: 14 months
Yeast: Native
Alcohol: 14.6%
TA: 5.9 g/L
pH: 3.26
Cases produced: 155
Unfined and unfiltered