2019 Hartford Court Radian Vineyard Chardonnay

95 Points -

"The 2019 Chardonnay Radian Vineyard was barrel fermented and matured in 22% new French oak for 14 months. Youthfully shy on the nose to begin, it opens slowly to spring blossoms, quince and white peaches. Medium-bodied and silky, it slowly unfurls its rich, ripe citrus fruits and floral layers, with seamless freshness and a touch of texture that draws out the long finish. It deserves another 2-3 years in bottle to unwind. 155 cases were made." - Erin Brooks, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, July 2022

Hartford Court Radian Chardonnay

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

Wine Information Sheet