2014 Hartford Russian River Valley Zinfandel
94 Points -
"The 2014 Russian River Zinfandel is full-bodied, offering terrific black raspberry and black cherry fruit and peppery, earthy meatiness. Very lush, with well-integrated wood, alcohol and acidity, this is a beauty with a sensational texture and length. Drink it over the next 7-8 years."
—Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2015
The 2014 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 sliky finish.
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.
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.
Oak: 100% French oak, 41% new
Time in oak: 9 months
TA: 6.9 g/L