93 Points -
"The 2019 Old Vine Chenin Blanc Jurassic Vineyard is gorgeous. Bright and savory, with tons of character, the Chenin is exquisite. Dried pear, mint, sage, anise, and lemon peel are all laced together in a wine of striking beauty. I haven't always been impressed when Hartford ventures outside their Sonoma comfort zone, but this Santa Barbara Chenin is certainly a welcome addition to the range." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2021
The aroma in the 2019 is delicate, showing hints of wildflowers and lemon peel. On the palate, the wine is seamless and elegant. Quince and lemon pith flavors are complemented by a light, chalky undertone and a long mineral finish.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
The Jurassic Vineyard is situated in the Santa Ynez Valley, at an elevation of about 1000ft. The name pays tribute to the fossil rich soils of the area. This own-rooted vineyard was planted in 1982 on very well-drained sandy and limestone laden soils. A constant breeze from the cold Pacific cools down this sunny site, and the old vines are forced to search deep underground for nutrients and water. Over time, these conditions have turned the vineyard into a gnarly, but charming site for highly textural Chenin blanc.
Barrel fermented in 100% Neutral French Oak barrels
Time in Oak: 10 months
TA: 6.4 g/L
Alcohol 14.1 %
Cases produced: 150