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WA96: Fabulous, Uber-Delicious Cali Chard for under $40 - 01/19/2018 - Chardonnay (domestic)

Those who have enjoyed the wines of Hartford Court will already know they count among the very best out of Russian River. The meticulous craftsmanship that’s central to this winery’s approach is on full display in their thoroughly gorgeous 2016 "Four Hearts Vineyards" Chard. Sourced from 30-40 year old vines, it possesses the weight, depth, and richness indicative of a top-tier Russian River Chardonnay. A melange of tropical and orchard fruit hold center stage and are later joined by supporting accents of baking spice and candied ginger. Production is highly limited with only the finest barrels from the harvest making it into this ultra-premium cuvee. While done up with a classic Cali Chard profile, there’s ample acidity and verve to keep it lively and inviting from the first sip to the last. On par with the elite cuvees from Kistler and Kongsgaard, its sub-$40 price makes it all the more intriguing. We’ve loved this 2016 straight off the bat and are sure you will too. WIth its new massive press from the Wine Advocate, this might be the last chance to secure this beauty.

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2016 Hartford Court "Four Hearts Vineyards" Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($39.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Already in bottle, the 2016 Hartford Court Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyard opens with lemon tart, pink grapefruit, pineapple and ripe apple notes with touches of nutmeg and croissant. Medium to full-bodied, rich and with a pleasantly oily texture, it delivers ripe tropical fruit flavors and a long, creamy finish. (LPB)" (12/2017)

92 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyards presents a typically lush, textured expression of the Russian River, with plenty of apricot, peach, baked apple, vanillin, spice and chamomile notes. Pliant and forward, with terrific depth, the 2016 has much to offer. Even with its obvious intensity, the 2016 maintains a good deal of freshness. (AG)" (04/2018)