2016 Hartford Dina's Vineyard Zinfandel
96 Points -
"Medium to deep garnet-purple, the 2016 Hartford Zinfandel Dina's Vineyard comes leaping forth from the glass with arresting, gorgeous floral scents of violets, lavender and roses with a core of cherry cordial, blueberry compote, blackberry tart and dried mulberries plus wafts of spice box and and dark chocolate. Full, firm and with a racy line of freshness lifting the concentrated fruit, it finishes very long with tons of mineral, floral and spicy layers." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2018
The 2016 Dina’s Vineyard Zinfandel shows deep, dark color along with highly focused ripe blackberry, floral and anise aromas that transition into cocoa, blackberry and blueberry flavors. The big, dense, tannin structure of the wine is balanced by the high fruit intensity and bright acidity making it a wine that shows well today and will age and improve for years to come.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
Dina's Vineyard was planted by the Arata family more than 100 years ago. Today, only about ten acres of gnarled, dry-farmed vines remain at the original Arata homesite. The vines, predominantly head-trained, are planted on the typical eight-by-eight spacing, originally intended to allow horses to cultivate between the vines in both directions of the vineyard planting. A deep, dark color and dense, broad texture are all typical indicators of Dina's Vineyard terroir.
Oak: 100% French oak, 47% new
Time in oak: 13 months
TA: 6.8 g/L
Cases produced: 257
Unfined and unfiltered