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Hartford Court - Stone Cote Chardonnay 2012


  • Country: USA
  • Wine Region: California
  • Wine Area: Russian River Valley
  • Wine Maker: Jeff Stewart
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2022
Duty/Vat Paid
Limited Stock: (5 btls) Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 93 to 95 (2012) VS: 91 to 93 (2012) WE: 93 (2011)

Wine tasting notes

The Stone Côte Vineyard is a small vineyard block within the well-known Durell Vineyard, which sits upon an ancient riverbed at the southern end of the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard’s topography has been shaped by the river’s flow through volcanic and sedimentary rock on its way to the San Pablo Bay. Tumbled and water-worn river rocks now litter the landscape, and very little topsoil remains. The nutritionally challenged soils force the vines to search deeply for nutrients and water, and the stressed vines yield very small clusters with intense varietal flavors. Climatically, this vineyard site is characterized by relatively cool daytime temperatures and maritime breezes, which marry with the low-fertility soils to create an ideal site for growing Chardonnay. The wine’s flinty aromas and mineral-laden finish are a reflection of this vineyard’s terroir. This single-vineyard bottling from one of Hartford Court's most famous estate owned vineyards offers aromas of white peach, spiced pears, hazelnuts and crushed rocks. Stone fruit, nectarine and tangelo flavors are counter balanced with a textural finish, reminiscent of stones and minerals.

Winery Information

Hartford Court

Hartford Family Winery is a family owned Artisan winery. It was founded in 1993 as a result of Don and Jennifer Hartford's appreciation for the wines, the people, and the unique vineyards near their Russian River Valley Home. The winery is located in Green Valley in the Sonoma County town of Forestville, about 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean.Hartford Family Winery specializes in small bottlings of high-personality, single vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and old vine Zinfandel and makes wines.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)93 to 95 pts

Dec 2013 - Robert Parker - The 2012 Chardonnay Stone Cote Vineyard (a block within the Durell Vineyard planted on gravelly riverbed soils) is 100% barrel-fermented and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Made from a combination of Old Wente clones and some of the newer Chardonnay clones, it exhibits a terrific wet rock/powdered stone-like minerality along with beautiful aromas of exotic fruits (mangoes and tangerines), great intensity, full body, terrific acidity, and 14.8% alcohol. This beautiful Burgundian-styled Chardonnay should be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)91 to 93 pts

Hartford's 2012 Chardonnay Stone Côte Vineyard is bright, saline and beautifully focused in the glass. Dried pear, spices, orange peel and wild flowers all take shape as the wine shows off its personality. Today, though, the 2012 is a bit raw and not fully formed, but that should be less of an issue once the wine is bottled. The Stone Côte emerges from a parcel in Durrell. -- Antonio Galloni

Wine Enthusiast (2011)93 pts

Crack the lobster and crab, sauté the scallops, bring on the wild mushroom risotto. This glamorous Chard will rise to the occasion with the best foods. It's got it all: crisp acidity, a fine minerality, rich oaky influence and above all massive tropical fruit, pear and Meyer lemon flavors, with a crunchy minerality. Grows more fascinating as it warms in the glass.