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2015 Hartford Russian River Valley Zinfandel

94 Points -

“This is what Russian River Zinfandel is all about.  Rich, dynamic and layered, with complex fruit, offering notes of jammy black raspberry, stony mineral, herbes de Provence and licorice.  The finish unfurls at length.  Drink now through 2026” – Wine Spectator, 2017

The 2014 Vintage of this wine scored 93 Points from Wine Spectator and was named to their Top Ten Wines of the World List for 2016

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Tasting Notes 

The 2015 Hartford Russian River Valley Zinfandel is a wine with beautiful depth of flavor and intensity. The aromas of fresh blackberry, blueberry and black cherry are balanced with hints of cracked pepper and allspice. Blackberry, nutmeg and mocha flavors lead into an intense, elegant and silky finish.

Historic Acclaim 

2015: "Outstanding" 94 points Wine Spectator, February 2017
2014: Top 100 Wine Picks of 2016 - #10 Wine Spectator, November 2016
2014: "Outstanding" 93 points Wine Spectator, June 2016
2014: "Outstanding" 94 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, October 2015
2014: "Outstanding" 92 points Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, February 2016
2013: "Outstanding" 93 points Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, February 2015
2012: "Outstanding" 90 points Wine Spectator, June 2015
2012: "Outstanding" 90 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May 2014
2012: "Outstanding" 91 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2013
2011: "Outstanding" 91 points Wine Spectator, February 2014
2011: "Outstanding" 90 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May/June 2013
2010: "Outstanding" 91 points Wine Spectator, February 2013
2010: "Outstanding" 90 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May 2012
2010: "Outstanding" 90 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, February 2012
2009: "Outstanding" 90 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May 2011
2009: "Outstanding" 93 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, February 2011
2008: "Outstanding" 91 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May 2010
2008: "Outstanding" 91 points Wine Spectator, June 2010
2008: "Outstanding" 91 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, February 2010
2007: "Outstanding" 92 points Wine Spectator, June 2009

Vineyard & Vintage Character 

The Hartford Russian River Valley Zinfandel is a blend of old-vine, dry-farmed and low-yielding Zinfandel vineyards from the Russian River Valley. These old vines (average vineyard age is over 100 years) offer an impressive articulation of this idiosyncratic varietal. Zinfandel grown in the Russian River Valley is distinctive, due to a cool maritime influence. Bright, natural acidity and vibrant fruit aromas and flavors are a result of typically cool fog-laden nights and warm days. These dry-farmed vineyards, planted on low-fertility soils, consistently produce wines of exceptional density and extraction.

Winemaking

To preserve exotic spice and bright berry flavors, we use the same gentle handling techniques for making Zinfandel that we use with Pinot Noir:

  • All hand-harvested, with hand sorting of both clusters and berries, at the winery.
  • Pre-fermentation cold soak and indigenous yeast fermentations in small open top fermenters.
  • Aged for 9 months in all French Oak barrels.
  • No fining or filtration.

These artisan winemaking techniques allow the varietal character of Zinfandel to show through and express the Russian River Valley terroir.

Wine Details 

Oak: 100% French oak, 49% new
Time in oak: 12 months
Alcohol: 15.5%
TA: 6.9 g/L
pH: 3.51