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2013 Hartford Jolene's Vineyard Zinfandel

93 Points -

"Dark red cherries, plums, lavender and sweet spices make a hugely positive first impression in the 2013 Jolene's Vineyard Zinfandel. Violets, smoke, mint and darker stone fruits develop in the glass, all supported by veins of bright acidity and tannin, both of which help convey freshness. This old-vine site on Olivet Road confers tons of pure personality."
—Antonio Galloni Vinous, January 2015

$55 QTY

Tasting Notes 

This single vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel provides alluring aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, blackberry and cassis. Jolene's texture is rich and mouth filling with ripe blueberry and tobacco characteristics, supple tannins and a creamy and elegant finish.

Historic Acclaim 

2013 "Outstanding" 93 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2012 "Outstanding" 91 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2012 "Outstanding" 93 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2011 "Outstanding" 92 points The Wine Enthusiast
2011 "Outstanding" 92 points The Wine Spectator
2011 "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2011 "Outstanding" 91 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2010 "Outstanding" 90 points The Wine Spectator
2010 "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2010 "Outstanding" 90+ points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2009 "Outstanding" 93 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2009 "Outstanding" 94 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2008 "Outstanding" 91 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2008 "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Vineyard & Vintage Character 

Jolene's Vineyard takes its name from a merging of the first names of the owners of Maffei Vineyards - Joanne and Arlene. This old vine vineyard joined the Hartford Zinfandel portfolio beginning in 2004, as a single vineyard offering, and as an important component of our Russian River Valley Zinfandel blend. It is rare for an older Russian River Valley Zinfandel vineyard, such as Jolene's, to be planted almost exclusively to Zinfandel selections, with very small percentages of Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet and Carignan.

Wine Details 

Oak: 100% French oak, 28% new
Time in oak: 9 months
Alcohol: 15.4%
TA: 6.1 g/L
pH: 3.67
Cases produced: 336
Unfined and unfiltered