B-21 Top Recommendation
For nearly 20 years, I've been a serious fan of the single vineyard bottlings made by Jeff Stewart and Don Hartford; their Midas touch is undeniable. With the most recent vintages, I've discovered that the category which has attracted the most attention – for me personally, you as well – has been their single vineyard Chardonnays. Don't get me wrong, a Hartford Family Pinot Noir or Zin is thoroughly satisfying; on the same level as any Martinelli, Rivers-Marie, or Morlet bottling you'll taste – but Jeff's Chardonnays are on whole different level altogether.
Tasting that 2003 from a perfect cellar – back in 2013 – said everything I needed to know about Hartford's abilities with Chardonnay. At 10 years of age – an age by which most Cali Chards have dropped off a cliff – the Hartford was simply glorious. Precise, rich, honeyed but never flabby, laden with minerality to burn and a finish of tangerine that lasted for a solid minute, this was Cali Chard in all its potential glory. If this winery is capable of performing like this with an average vintage, collector's vintages will blow us away.
If you've tasted the 2014, 2015, 2016, or even the immortal 2003s, DO NOT MISS THIS! You will thank me later....
The only other 2017 white I was able to taste, the 2017 Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyards comes mostly from an old vine site farmed by Tom Dehlinger in the Russian River Valley. It displays a big, upfront nose of spiced orchard fruits, candle wax, hazelnut, and some crushed rock that gives way to a medium to full-bodied, rich, beautifully textured, layered, and long Chardonnay that has loads to love.
97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jun 2019)
The 2017 Hartford Court Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyard has a drop-dead gorgeous floral nose with notes of orange blossoms, honeysuckle and jasmine with a core of preserved lemons, candied ginger, peach cobbler and applesauce. Medium to full-bodied, it has a racy line of freshness and a wonderfully satiny texture, finishing long and citrusy. 1,739 cases produced.
96 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Oct 2018)