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