2017 Hartford Court Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay

99 POINTS -

"Coming from a site on a panoramic ridgetop located at 1150 feet in elevation, west of the town of Occidental and facing Bodega Bay, the 2017 Chardonnay Seascape Vineyard is another magical effort from this estate and is a quintessential Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. White flowers, salty minerality, apple blossom, and tart pineapple all emerge from the glass, and it's medium to full-bodied and has a wonderful purity, bright (almost racy) acidity, and a great finish. Brought up in 42% new French oak, it shows almost no trace of its élevage, and while tight and slightly closed on the palate, it's nevertheless insanely good. Give bottles another year and enjoy over the following decade." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, May 2020

Seascape Chardonnay
$70
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Tasting Notes

The Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay shows keen acidity with Meyer lemon and exotic floral aromas backed by subtle saline nuances.  These complex aromatics are complemented by chamomile, Mandarin orange and key lime flavors, with a lingering finish of green apple and underlying mineral flavors - a truly unique expression of terroir along the western edge of Sonoma County.

Historic Acclaim

2017: "Extraordinary" 96+ Points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2020

2016: "Extraordinary" 98 Points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2018

2015: "As good as it gets" 99 points, Jeb Dunnuck, June 2018

2015" "Outstanding" 95 points, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018

2015: "Extraordinary" 96 Points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, April 2017

2014: "Outstanding" 90-93 Points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2016

2014: "Outstanding" 90-92 Points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2015

2013: "Outstanding" 90-92 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2014

2013: "Outstanding" 92-94 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2016

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

2012: "Outstanding" 95-97 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2013

2012: "Outstanding" 91-93 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2014

2011: "Outstanding" 93-94 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar, May 2013

2011: "Outstanding" 94 points The Wine Enthusiast

2009: "Outstanding" 92 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2011

2009: "Outstanding" 93 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar, May 2011

2008: "Outstanding" 93 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar, May 2010

2007: "Outstanding" 93+ points Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate, February 2010

2007: "Outstanding" 94 points Wine Enthusiast

2007: "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar, May 2009

2006: "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar, May 2008

2005: "Outstanding" 93 points Wine Enthusiast

2004: "Outstanding" 93 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2016

Vineyard & Vintage Character

Seascape Vineyard is a six-acre site on a scenic ridgetop, located west of the town of Occidental, in the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard abuts an old redwood grove and looks down upon Bodega Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The well-known Coastlands Vineyard also borders the property. Because there is no ridge between the ocean and the vineyard, Seascape is in an extremely cold spot, and Chardonnay is often picked in November - unusual to say the least. The vineyard is cropped to about two tons per acre to ensure thorough ripening. Although a challenging spot to farm, the reward at Seascape is Chardonnay grapes brimming with personality and a very distinctive terroir.

Wine Details

Wine Statistics

Oak: 100% French oak; 42% new

 Time in oak: 16 months

 Alcohol: 14.1 %

 TA: 5.8g / L

 pH: 3.50

 Cases produced: 320

 No fining or filtration