The 2014 Chardonnay Stone Côte is actually a tiny parcel within the more famous and larger Durell Vineyard. Like most of these wines, indigenous yeast fermentations are encouraged, and the wine is 100% barrel-fermented and aged completely in French oak with the percentage of new oak generally ranging from the upper 30 percentile to 50% or so. This wine is a terrific example of Chardonnay, with a greenish hue to its light straw color and a stunning nose of tropical fruit, citrus oil and orange blossom. It is full-bodied, has great acidity and delicious up-front fruit. This will be a killer Chardonnay when released next year. With proprietor Don Hartford in full control, and brilliant winemaker Jeff Stewart having access to some magnificent cool-climate sites (for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel), Hartford Family Winery continues to be one of the great success stories in California viticulture. (RP)
The 2014 Chardonnay Stone Côte Vineyard is laced with pretty floral, spice, apricot pit, orange peel and lightly buttered notes, all in a mid-weight, gracious style that will drink well young early. The Stone Côte emerges from a parcel within the famed Durrell Vineyard. (AG)
Displays a pithy citrus side, with tangerine, nectarine and white peach notes giving this a refreshing vitality and layers of complexity and nuance. Drink now through 2020. (JL)
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