2017 Hartford Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel

94 POINTS -

"The 2017 Zinfandel Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard is a bigger, more structured wine and, like the other Zinfandels here, is a field blend aged 10 months in 50% new oak. Beautiful notes of red plums, blueberries, sandalwood, and candied orange all flow to a medium to full-bodied red that has notable purity of fruit, a supple, sexy texture, no hard edges, and a great finish. Enjoy it over the coming decade as well." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2019

Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel
$60
QTY

Tasting Notes

The 2017 Fanucchi Vineyard Zinfandel shows concentrated 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, 50% new
Time in oak: 10 months
Alcohol: 16.0%
TA: 6.2 g/L
pH: 3.58
Cases produced: 236
Yeast: Native
Unfined and unfiltered