2016 Hartford Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel
"The 2016 Zinfandel Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard is medium to deep garnet-purple in color and gives up intense notes of crushed black cherries, mulberries, plum preserves and blackberry compote with hints of star anise, cracked black pepper, hoisin and potpourri plus a waft of stewed tea. Full, concentrated and decadent in the mouth, it has a firm backbone of chewy tannins and wonderful freshness lifting the opulent fruit to a very long finish." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, October 2018
The 2016 Fanucchi Vineyard Zinfandel shows concetrated blackberry, black cherry and anise aromas and flavors along with black tea and silky chocolate notes on the finish. This vineyard consistently produces wines that dense and concentrated with texture and power.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
The 100+ year old Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard is located on seven acres along a slight rise off Wood Road in the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. It is dry-farmed and has been hand-tended by the Fanucchi family for over 40 years. The vineyard is head trained, but Peter Fanucchi raised the gnarled old vines from just above ground level to chest height. This modification seems to provide greater sun exposure and air circulation and to have reinvigorated the old vines, enhancing the production of high-quality, old-vine fruit.
The soils on Wood Road are sandy loam of relatively low pH and fertility. Old vines on these soils produce small Zinfandel berries with bright, concentrated cherry and blackberry fruit flavors. At optimum ripeness, the fruit makes a big, intense, long-lived Zinfandel of unique personality.
Oak: 100% French oak, 41% new
Time in oak: 12 months
TA: 5.7 g/L
Cases produced: 280
Unfined and unfiltered