2012 Hartford Court "Fog Dance" Green Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1223402 92-94 points 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)  (12/2013)

92 points 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.  (5/2014)

90-92 points Vinous

 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)  (2/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (7/2015)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.7