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2016 Hartford Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel

95 POINTS

"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
 

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Tasting Notes 

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.

Historic Acclaim 

2016: "Outstanding" 95 points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
2015: "Outstanding" 95 points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
2014: "Extraordinary" 98 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2014: "Outstanding" 95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2013: "Outstanding" 95 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2013: "Outstanding" 95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2012: "Outstanding" 92 points, Robert Parker’sThe Wine Advocate
2011: "Outstanding" 91+ points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2011: "Outstanding" 91 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
2010: "Outstanding" 92 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
2009: "Outstanding" 95 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2009: "Outstanding" 93 points, The Wine Spectator
2008: "Outstanding" 95 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2006: "Outstanding" 94 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2005: "Outstanding" 92 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Spectator
2004: "Outstanding" 94 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2003: "Outstanding" 90 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2000: "Outstanding" 93 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

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.

Wine Details 

Oak: 100% French oak, 41% new
Time in oak: 12 months
Alcohol: 15.3%

TA: 5.7 g/L

pH: 3.70

Cases produced: 280

 

Unfined and unfiltered