Hartford Family Winery
2012 Four Hearts Vineyard Chardonnay
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
Today’s Hartford Court 2012 Four Hearts Chardonnay is a stunning wine. This extraordinary Chardonnay was lovingly handmade by winemaker Jeff Stewart. An alum of Laurier, De Loach, Mark West, Kunde, La Crema and most recently Buena Vista Carneros, Jeff’s passion for wine was ignited when he traveled to France as a teen. There, he became fascinated with wine as an integral part of life.
Today’s wondrous Chardonnay is a rich and delicious wine that is elegant and perfectly balanced. There is power on the palate, but the wine is also so soft and elegant - which makes it something of a mystical aberration. The finish is extraordinarily long, with exotic fruit that juxtaposes beautifully against soft earthen components.
Enjoy this very highly recommended wine with a wide array of foods, such as ripe cheeses, seafoods or game bird. We’ll also enjoy a few bottles of ours as a delicious aperitif.
A super light, pale golden hue from heart to outer rim, with a touch of viscosity as you swirl in the glass.
Exotic and very floral on the nose, highlighted by lychee, pineapple, mango, white blossom, buttery vanilla spice, and slight herbal notes of sage and rosemary.
Bold and powerful, yet also beautifully balanced. Fruit flavors of Anjou pear, candied Meyer lemon, and pineapple mingle with sweet vanilla bean, nutmeg, lime zest, ginger, and clove, with just a touch of river rock minerality at the very end.
Long and lingering on the finish, with a wonderful acidity. This is a big and aromatic wine, with just enough elegance and restraint.
Perfect wine to pair with a rosemary, sage, and garlic rubbed pork chop, served with braised heirloom tomatoes.
What the Winery Says
- Jeff Stewart
- 94 Points - Wine Advocate
- Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
- 10 months in 100% French oak