From the Green Valley, the 2013 Chardonnay Three Jacks Vineyard (253 cases produced) sees about 44% new French oak. It reveals terrific fruit, lots of tangerine oil, pear, pineapple and caramelized citrus, medium to full body, and tremendous acidity and definition. Drink over the next 7-8 years. Part of the Jackson Family empire, Hartford Court is run with incredible enthusiasm and competence by Don Hartford and his winemaker, Jeff Stewart. One of the bright shining stars in California winedom, their Chardonnays are clearly Burgundian, but with sensational purity and ripeness... I tasted six impressive 2013 Chardonnays, which are generally aged for 15 months in 100% French oak, with a range of 33% to 44% new. Bottling is done without fining or filtration. (RP)
Orange blossom, burnt sugar, hazelnuts, spices and roasted almonds open up in the Chardonnay Three Jacks Vineyard. This parcel, which sits within Dutton, is planted with a variety of clones, but it is the Rued clone in particular that add a distinctly exotic flair to both the flavors and textures. The voluptuous, oily finish is super-distinctive. It’s hard to know where to start with this superb set of new and upcoming releases from Don Hartford and Jeff Stewart... The Chardonnays are all fermented and aged in barrel (around 33%-60% new) for 15 months and bottled with no fining or filtration. (AG)
Smooth, rich and creamy, with seductive, spicy, mocha-scented oak that lends breadth and depth to the flavors and texture. Ends with a long, detailed finish. Drink now. (JL)
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