2016 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay SKU #1334214

Price: $23.99

VN 93 WE 93 RP 92
JD 91 JS 91
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  • Robert Cash
    By: Robert Cash
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    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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