Don Hartford grew up on a small strawberry farm in western Massachusetts, and later attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After earning a BA. Don Hartford met his wife, Jennifer Jackson-Hartford, at Santa Clara University in Northern California in 1979. (Shortly thereafter, Jennifer's father, Jess, started a modest 16,000 case winery called Kendall-Jackson.) For more than twenty-five years, Don has been immersed in winemaking and winery management. In the process, Don has returned to one of his first loves—the land and farming.
Hartford Family Winery specializes in making wines from single vineyard sites. In recent vintages we have made about 25 different single vineyard bottlings. Small and low-yielding vineyards deliver expressive and personality-rich wine.
Don Hartford and winemaker Jeff Stewart have produced a sensational lineup of wines in 2015. This is a smaller yielding year, and while quantities are tiny, the wines are concentrated, rich, and flamboyant while also staying elegant and seamless. These are world-class Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that readers need to seek out!
JEB DUNNUCK 94 POINTS - "The 2019 Pinot Noir Land's Edge Vineyards is a blend of the Far Coast and the Seascape vineyards, which are both within four miles of the Pacific Ocean The wine is resinous with cherry lozenge, dried shitake, and dusty earth. The full-bodied palate is savory with gastronomic appeal, revealing fruit and structure. Drink 2024-2038."
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2019 Pinot Noir Land's Edge Vineyards comes from vines on the Sonoma Coast, about four miles from the Pacific Ocean. Matured 10 months in 36% new French oak, it has a medium ruby-purple color and delicate, slowly opening scents of red berries, tea leaves, conifer, bitters and graphite. The medium-bodied palate is powerful, with deep, broody flavors supported by firm tannins, and it finishes with notable length and latency. Allow it to unwind over the next 3-5 years in bottle. 1,159 cases were made."