Hartford Court 2013 Three Jacks Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay
92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From the Green Valley, the 2013 Chardonnay Three Jacks Vineyard (253 cases produced) sees about 44% new French oak. It reveals terrific fruit, lots of tangerine oil, pear, pineapple and caramelized citrus, medium to full body, and tremendous acidity and definition. Drink over the next 7-8 years. Part of the Jackson Family empire, Hartford Court is run with incredible enthusiasm and competence by Don Hartford and his winemaker, Jeff Stewart. One of the bright shining stars in California winedom, their Chardonnays are clearly Burgundian, but with sensational purity and ripeness... I tasted six impressive 2013 Chardonnays, which are generally aged for 15 months in 100% French oak, with a range of 33% to 44% new. Bottling is done without fining or filtration. (RP) (12/2014)
92-94 points Vinous
Orange blossom, burnt sugar, hazelnuts, spices and roasted almonds open up in the Chardonnay Three Jacks Vineyard. This parcel, which sits within Dutton, is planted with a variety of clones, but it is the Rued clone in particular that add a distinctly exotic flair to both the flavors and textures. The voluptuous, oily finish is super-distinctive. It’s hard to know where to start with this superb set of new and upcoming releases from Don Hartford and Jeff Stewart... The Chardonnays are all fermented and aged in barrel (around 33%-60% new) for 15 months and bottled with no fining or filtration. (AG) (1/2015)
92 points Wine Spectator
Smooth, rich and creamy, with seductive, spicy, mocha-scented oak that lends breadth and depth to the flavors and texture. Ends with a long, detailed finish. Drink now. (JL) (6/2016)
VINEYARD CHARACTER: Three Jacks Vineyard is a small vineyard in the heart of the Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA. It is farmed by the Dutton family and has a history with Hartford Family Winery, being bottled as a Designated Vineyard wine from 1999 through 2004. The vineyard is located on Graton Road next to the Dutton Shop, and is known to most as Triple JS – the name derived from the partnership of the owners – Joe, Juan, Jose and Steve. It was planted in 1995 to 4 clonal selections: old Wente, Rued, Dijon 95 and Clone 15. The name Three Jacks was coined in a barrel tasting with the 1999 vintage and has stuck ever since.
TASTING NOTES: The Three Jacks Vineyard Chardonnay shows aromas of preserved lemon and orange marmalade, with juicy flavors of pear, candied citrus peel and a rich, mineral driven texture. The wine is full-bodied, weighty, and rich yet remarkably agile on its feet because of good underlying acidity.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Oak: 100% French oak, 30% new Time in oak: 16 months Alcohol: 14.6% TA: 5.3 g/L pH: 3.74 Cases produced: 286 No fining or filtration
ACCLAIM: “Outstanding” 90 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar