“These are always some of the most exciting as well as diverse offerings in my tastings, and I always walk away shaking my head at just how good they are” (Robert Parker). The highly allocated single-vineyard wines from Sonoma’s Hartford Family Winery have become collector favorites, and these site-specific wines are worth your attention. The winery has long focused on small and low-yielding vineyards, and their attention to detail comes through; Vinous Media notes “Hartford sources fruit from some of the top sites in Sonoma and [it] comes through on the pedigree of these wines.” Today we have a lineup from the estate, including two single-vineyard Chardonnays and two beautiful Pinot Noirs—all of which showcase the diversity of California’s vineyards and the elegance that can be coaxed from these vines with an expert winemaking team. For one week, we’re proud to offer these gems with special pricing on all four labels.
Three Jacks Vineyard is a small vineyard in the heart of the Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA, farmed by the Dutton family. Hartford bottled this Chardonnay from 1999 through 2004, and began bottling it again with the 2012 vintage. The name “Three Jacks” was coined in a barrel tasting with the 1999 vintage and has stuck ever since. The 2018 aged 13 months in French oak (15% new) with no fining or filtration. This wine has a long history of acclaim, and this vintage is no exception. The wine offers up a layered profile of candied lemon, orange marmalade, brioche, and chamomile with a lush texture balanced by firm underlying acidity. The ‘Radian Vineyard’ Chardonnay is sourced from Sta. Rita Hills in California’s Central Coast, and this is the second production of this single vineyard. The vineyard itself is situated on the western edge of the AVA, on a steep slope with calcium-rich soils. The 2018 aged 14 months in French oak (30% new) and opens with beautiful aromas of white flowers, lemon, and a saline-like minerality. The wine is textured and full on the palate, again with balancing acidity.
According to the winery, “in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County the local residents speak an obscure dialect of English known as Boontling, developed in the late 1800s. The ‘Velvet Sisters’ are local historical figures who in Boontling lore became known for wearing plush velvet dresses...we call this wine ‘Velvet Sisters’ in tribute to Anderson Valley history and the wine’s plush velvety texture.” The 2018 ‘Velvet Sisters’ exemplifies the best of Anderson Valley; aged 16 months in French oak (34% new), the wine has vibrant dark fruit and violet aromas that carry through to the palate to be complemented by notes of cinnamon and allspice. 2017 was a low-yielding season in the cooler climate of Marin County, and the team reported beautiful ripening and flavor development. Aged 17 months in French oak (28% new), the wine offers up pure aromas of red cherries, leather, and spice notes, supported by bright flavors of cherry cola, pomegranate, and earth. Each of today’s wines are distinct, but all four labels display the winery’s commitment to excellence with resounding clarity. Don’t miss out!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2021. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.