Our party of 4 stopped here on a warm, blustery April afternoon and if the conditions had been better we would have taken up residence in outdoor patio and taken advantage of the spectacular vineyard view in the heart of the Russian River. Hartford Family Winery is a family owned Artisan winery. It was founded in 1993 by Massachusetts native Don Hartford and his wife Jennifer (daughter of Kendall Jackson founder Jess Jackson). Aromatic and complex, yet affordably priced, this Chardonnay derives from a blend of fruit from sustainably farmed vineyards located in the Laguna Ridge, Middle Reach and Green Valley areas of the Russian River Valley. It is partially fermented in stainless steel tanks and partially fermented in French oak barriques. The barrel fermented lots are stirred twice monthly during the 10 month barrel aging process to impart a creamy mid-palate texture that is quite Burgundian. It displays floral and creamy citrus notes on the nose, as well as hints of apple, and exotic spice notes on the palate. It also shows a nice balance between richness and acidity. Try it with grilled swordfish.