2015 Hartford Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel
95 Points -
"The 2015 Zinfandel Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard (another century-old parcel in the Russian River) shows tart acids, tangy red and black cherry fruit, notes of roasted meat, crushed pepper, and briary, zesty, classic Zinfandel flavors that tip the scales at 15.5% natural alcohol. This is big, juicy, succulent Zinfandel with great acid. Drink it over the next decade." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2016
The 2015 Fanucchi Vineyard Zinfandel displays ripe blackberry, boysenberry and violet aromas and flavors along with silky chocolate notes on the finish. Carrying on the tradition of this ancient vineyard, the wine has a tremendously dense, round texture complemented by big fruit and great power.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
The 100+ year old Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard is located on about 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 35 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, 42% new
Time in oak: 10 months
TA: 6.4 g/L
Cases produced: 265
Unfined and unfiltered