2017 Hartford Court Stone Côte Vineyard Chardonnay

98 POINTS -

"From a site on the Sonoma Coast (this comes all from a block within the Durell Vineyard), the 2017 Chardonnay Stone Côte Vineyard reminds me of a Grand Cru Chablis on steroids, with gorgeous lemon curd, iodine, white flowers, crushed chalky, and a touch of green almond, with its oak beautifully integrated. Showing medium to full-bodied richness as well as flawless balance, this is a Chardonnay that builds with time in the glass as well as on the palate and has bright, salty acidity and incredible length. Beautifully done, it’s another thrilling Chardonnay from this estate." -  Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, May 2020

Stone Côte Chardonnay
$65
QTY

Tasting Notes

This single-vineyard bottling from one of our most well-known estate vineyards offers aromas of white peach, spiced pears, orange blossom, hazelnuts and crushed rocks.  Stone fruit, nectarine and tangelo flavors are counter balanced with flinty, textural finish.

Historic Acclaim

2017: "Outstanding" 93 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2020

2016: "Outstanding" 95 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2018

2015: "Outstanding" 90-92 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2017

2014: "Outstanding" 95-97 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2015

2013 "Outstanding" 95 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2014

2013: "Outstanding" 92-94 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2015

2012: "Outstanding" 93-95 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2013

2012: "Outstanding" 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 2014

2011: "Outstanding" 91-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 2013

2011: "Outstanding" 90-92 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, April 2013

2010: "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 2012

2009: "Outstanding" 90 points The Wine Spectator

2009: "Outstanding" 92-94 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2010

2008: "Outstanding" 92 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2010

2008: "Outstanding" 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 2010

2007: "Outstanding" 95 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2008

2006: "Extraordinary" 96 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2007

2005: "Outstanding" 93 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 2006

Vineyard & Vintage Character

The Stone Côte Vineyard is a small vineyard block within the well-known Durell Vineyard, that sits upon an ancient riverbed at the southern end of the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard’s topography was shaped eons ago by a river flowing through volcanic and sedimentary rock on its way to the San Pablo Bay. Tumbled and water-worn river rocks now litter the landscape, and very little topsoil remains. The nutritionally challenged soils force the vines to search deeply for nutrients and water, and as a result, the stressed vines yield very small clusters with intense varietal flavors.

 

Climatically, this vineyard site is characterized by relatively cool daytime temperatures and maritime breezes, which marry with the low-fertility soils to create an ideal site for growing Chardonnay. The wine’s flinty aromas and mineral-laden finish are a reflection of this vineyard’s intrinsic terroir.

Wine Details

Oak: 100% French oak, 27% new
Time in oak: 16 months
Yeast: Native
TA: 5.5 g/L
pH: 3.44

Alcohol: 14.4%
Cases produced: 304
Unfined and unfiltered