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2007 Hartford Court Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyards Russian River Valley (750ml)
Producer: Hartford Family Winery hartfordwines.com
Appellation: Russian River Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: white
Varietal: Chardonnay
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$40.00
Alcohol %: 14.3
Tasting Notes:
tasted: December 14, 2009 , ted kirkpatrick
95 points "Color: bright; Aromas: buttery; Acidity: crisp; Finish: medium; very nice with our roast chicken dinner.....does have a pronounced creme burlee taste"
tasted: February 28, 2010 , from a member
tasted: December 28, 2013 , from a member
rated: May 20, 2009 , Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
90 points "90 Points /Outstanding - "Light yellow-gold. Mineral-driven aromas of Meyer lemon and apple, with a mounting floral honey quality. Fleshy and smooth, offering gently sweet orchard fruit flavors and good mineral lift. Open-knit and easy to drink, with very good finishing breadth and cling." - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May 2009"
rated: June 29, 2009 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
96 points "The 2007 Chardonnay Four Hearts, aged in 40% new oak and 100% barrel-fermented, boasts a creamy, creme brulee-like character along with oodles of orange blossom, nectarine, and crushed rock notes, a full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning richness and purity, and zesty acidity. Like so many of the 2007s, its sensational fragrance and fruit purity are dazzling. All of these Chardonnays have 4-6 years of aging potential, perhaps even longer. One of my favorite wineries in the Jess Jackson portfolio, it looks like Hartford Family Winery’s 2007s are going to be fabulous, but the 2006 Pinot Noirs reveal some of the shortcomings for this varietal in that vintage. As for the Chardonnays, the two 2007s I tasted are both gorgeous wines. As I have stated before, 2006 was a challenging vintage for Pinot Noir, and that’s reflected in these cuvees. All are certainly good, and one is outstanding, but the botrytis as well as the unusual growing season made it difficult for a fragile varietal like Pinot Noir. "