Hartford’s wines are rare. Year after year, they rank among the most sought-after collectibles from California. Since the 1994 vintage, owners Don and Jenny Hartford have built the winery’s reputation on limited-production, handmade, single-vineyard Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Old Vine Zinfandels from some of Northern California’s greatest vineyards.
The ‘17 Jennifer’s is another home run, immensely complex, concentrated and finely tuned, with a finish that just keeps on going for days. From all old Wente selection (check out a photo of a cluster below!), here’s Jeb Dunnuck’s take in his 99-point review:
“From the Russian River and a windy, cool vineyard near Sebastopol, the 2017 Chardonnay Jennifer’s (100% old Wente clone) was fermented and aged 16 months in 30% new French oak. It’s one of the more dense, concentrated wines in the lineup and offers gorgeous caramelized pineapple, flower oil, chalky minerality, brioche, and lemon curd-like aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it packs an incredible amount of intensity yet still stays chiseled, elegant, and focused on the palate, with incredible length. It’s a stunning wine in every sense. Drink bottles any time over the coming decade.”
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