2016 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1334214 93 points Vinous

 Bright, fresh and nuanced, the 2016 Chardonnay (Russian River) has so much to offer. The Russian River Chardonnay is a distinctly mid-weight wine built on expressive citrus and floral character. It also happens to be the hidden gem in this range. (AG)

91 points James Suckling

 A soft and juicy chardonnay with lots of pralines, cooked apples and toasted oak character. Full body, lots of flavor and a slightly oily finish. Full style. Drink now.

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The 2016 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay offers subtle aromas of jasmine flower, citrus oil, green apple and pear. The elegant aromatics are complemented by fresh kiwi, lemon drop and Pippin apple flavors. The fruit-focused mid-palate is followed by subtle mineral notes and a hint of crystallized ginger in the finish."

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Staff Image By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2018 | Send Email
The 2016 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay is an outstanding value offering notes of citrus, kiwi and subtle spice on the nose. On the palate, the wine is round with subtle oak in the background and a bright acid backbone displaying flavors of baked apple with a lovely minerality. Quite elegant with a lot of flavor to offer.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2018 | Send Email
A classic style from the folks at Hartford Court that will be sure to please the California Chardonnay palate and surprise the white Burgundy drinker. Aromas of lilies, baked orchard fruit, candied citrus, starfruit, and baking spice. Quite a precise nose. The palate exudes a richness that is expected, along with ripe golden apples, lemon peel, toast and brioche. While this wine is opulent, it is also incredibly fresh and lively on the palate. A pleasing minerality on the finish as well. This would be a fantastic choice for a California Chardonnay that is made quite classically but is vivacious and bright enough to attract fans of richer styles of white Burgundy.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2018 | Send Email
The 2016 Russian River bottling from Hartford Court straddles the line between impeccable balance and focused strength. At first waft, aromas of cerignola olive, lemon peel, underripe lychee and marcona almond entice, while hinting at the underlying complexity of the palate. Juicy, bright, and built around the acid line, this Chardonnay finishes in a powerful flourish, driving home with stony, mineral driven precision.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2018 | Send Email
What...a Hartford Court wine that we can actually get enough of to do an offering!? After years of massive scores and shrinking allocations were compounded by this year's double 100 point score (JD & WA) on the Far Coast Vineyard Chardonnay, I was thrilled to get my hands on some of this stunning little wine. As with all of the Hartford Court Chardonnay bottlings the magic is really in the crystalline, shimmering energy the wines have. Glistening citrus, golden delicious apple, white peach and preserved lemon. Subtle oak, perfectly judged acidity and length for days. Plenty of weight and richness, but effortless, pure and balanced on a knife edge. Really compelling wine from a producer that is at the top of their game.
Top Value!

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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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

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.