2014 Hartford Jolene's Vineyard Zinfandel
94 Points -
Antonio Galloni, Vinous February 2016
The 2014 Zinfandel Jolene's Vineyard is aromatic, lifted and nuanced, with pretty earthy, savory undertones that add complexity. This is an especially gracious mid-weight Zinfandel. A host of bright red stone fruit and pomegranate notes add the closing shades of nuance.
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.
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.
Oak: 100% French oak, 49% new
Time in oak: 10 months
TA: 6.5 g/L
Cases produced: 300
Unfined and unfiltered