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Monday, January 05, 2009

2006 Hartford Court Stone Côte Vineyard Chardonnay

The Stone Côte Vineyard is a small vineyard block within the well-known Durell Vineyard, sitting upon an ancient riverbed at the base of Sonoma Mountain in the cool Sonoma Coast AVA. The wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels (60% new oak) for ten months. This Chardonnay is and has been one of my very favorite Chardonnay's for quite some time, in fact the first time I tasted it I could not believe it wasn't from Montrachet. The bouquet is fabulous and shows aromas of crème brûlée, nectarine, toast, and poached pear. On the palate the wine exhibits rich and pure flavors of white peach, nectarine, wet crushed stone, crème brûlée, and a slight toastiness. This wine is amazingly rich but shows beautiful restraint and elegance accompanied by spades of acidity. The wine is a little cloudy and is obviously not filtered nor fined but this doesn't detract from the scintillating experience that is consuming this wine. 95+ points
 
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