2016 Hartford Russian River Valley Zinfandel
92 Points -
“Already bottled, the deep garnet-purle colored 2016 Hartford Zinfandel is scented of baked blueberries, stewed plums and kirsch with touches of raspberry leaves, dried herbs, spice box and new leather. Full-bodied, firmly textured and with a lively backbone, it gives a great intensity of blue and black berry preserves, finishing long and spicy.” – Lisa Perotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, December 2017
The 2014 Vintage of this wine scored 93 Points from Wine Spectator and was named to their Top Ten Wines of the World List for 2016
The 2015 Vintage of this wine scored 94 Points from Wine Spectator and was listed as #21 on their Top 100 List for 2017.
The 2016 Hartford Russian River Valley Zinfandel is showing aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and black cherry which are highlighted with hints of white pepper and allspice. Blueberry, red raspberry, nutmeg and mocha flavors lead into a long, bright finish with supple tannins.
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, indigenous yeast fermentation in small open-top fermenters
- Aged for 10 months in 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: 10 months
TA: 6.4 g/L