2012 Hartford Court "Fog Dance" Green Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Chardonnay Fog Dance Vineyard is from a hillside location in Green Valley that experiences the frequent fogs that roll in off the ocean. It exhibits abundant notes of Mandarin oranges and citrus oil intermixed with a hint of smoke (one-third new French oak is utilized), and a full-bodied, rich, crisp, layered mouthfeel with great elegance as well as purity. It possesses one of the highest alcohol levels of Hartford Court’s Chardonnays at 14.7%. One of the most impressively run wineries in the Russian River AVA is the Hartford Family Winery, where proprietor Don Hartford is backed up by winemaker Jeff Stewart as well as all the resources of the Jackson Family Vineyards. These are Burgundian-styled Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, and their Zinfandels are All-American, full-throttle, pedal-to-the metal efforts that are consistently at the top of their class. The Chardonnay sites tend to be cool climate, to the point that in some harvests there is a risk of not being able to bring in ripe fruit. Production levels for these beautiful Chardonnays range from a low of 268 cases for the Four Hearts to over 700 cases for the Stone Cote. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light yellow. Heady aromas of mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruits, fig, iodine and smoky lees, with a sexy floral quality emerging with air. Offers palate-staining pear and Meyer lemon flavors complemented by deeper notes of honey and sweet butter. Powerful yet lithe and precise, finishing with excellent cling and an echo of iodine.
Bright floral notes lift from the glass in the 2012 Chardonnay Fog Dance Vineyard. This is one of the more perfumed, brighter Chardonnays in the Hartford range. Pears, lemon, white flowers and spices are beautifully delineated in the glass. I tasted a wide range of wines at Hartford with proprietor Don Hartford and winemaker Jeff Stewart. The Chardonnays and Pinots, which draw from some of the best sites in Sonoma, are the highlights. Virtually all of the Chardonnays I tasted were barrel samples scheduled to be bottled right after my visit. The Pinots, on the other hand, were all in bottle. As is the custom at Hartford, all the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. (AG)
Tightly wound, with a firm, dense mix of citrus-infused pear, green apple and honeydew flavors, revealing a wet stone minerality that gives this a distinctive personality. Drink now. 286 cases made.