2014 Hartford Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel
98 Points -
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2015
"The 2014 Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel also comes from nearly century-old Zinfandel vines, aged in 30% new French oak prior to being bottle un_ned and un_ltered after eight months. This is as close to perfection as a Zinfandel can get, and interestingly enough, there is a little Petite Sirah in the blend, which may add to the blue fruit and floral character that this incredibly complex, multidimensional, magnificent Zinfandel offers. This is right up there among the greatest Zinfandels I ever tasted in Northern California, and literally must be consumed to be believed. Huge fruit, big, bold flavors, and an all-American style make for quite an expressive, exotic, super-concentrated and compelling Zinfandel. Drink it over the next 5-8 years."
The 2014 Fanucchi Vineyard Zinfandel displays ripe blackberry, boysenberry and violet aromas and flavors along with silky chocolate notes on the finish. Carrying on the tradition of this ancient vineyard, the wine has a tremendously dense, round texture complemented by big fruit and great power.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
The 100+ year old Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard is located on about seven acres along a slight rise off Wood Road in the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. It is dry-farmed and has been hand-tended by the Fanucchi family for over 35 years. The vineyard is head trained, but Peter Fanucchi raised the gnarled old vines from just above ground level to chest height. This modification seems to provide greater sun exposure and air circulation and to have reinvigorated the old vines, enhancing the production of high-quality, old-vine fruit.
The soils on Wood Road are sandy loam of relatively low pH and fertility. Old vines on these soils produce small Zinfandel berries with bright, concentrated cherry and blackberry fruit flavors. At optimum ripeness, the fruit makes a big, intense, long-lived Zinfandel of unique personality.
Oak: 100% French oak, 33% new
Time in oak: 10 months
TA: 6.8 g/L
Cases produced: 350
Unfined and unfiltered