2019 Hartford Hartford Vineyard Zinfandel

94 POINTS -

"Succulent, with structure and tension in its bones, this hearty, full-bodied wine expresses thick waves of juicy blackberry, dark cherry, and cola, the oak well-integrated within a spicy component of nutmeg and white pepper. Planted more than a century ago, the head-trained vines yield low amounts of delicious, concentrated grapes.."   - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2021

Hartford Vineyard Zinfandel
$60
QTY

Tasting Notes

The 2019 Hartford Vineyard is an elegant and powerful Zinfandel with blackberry, boysenberry and allspice aromas, which are echoed on the palate. Black cherry flavors are balanced by subtle fennel and dried herb notes alongside a spicy, cinnamon stick finish. The well-integrated tannins extend the complex flavors, giving the wine great length.

Historic Acclaim

2018: 95 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate

2018: 94 Points Wine Enthusiast

2017 95 Points Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

2017: 94 Points Antonio Galloni, Vinous

2017: 92 Points Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

2016: 95 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate

2015: 95 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate

2015: 93 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous

2014: 95 Points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

2014: 94 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous

2013: 95 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

2013: 94 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous

2011: 93 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

2011: 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

2009: 90 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

2009: 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

2008: 95 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

2007: 93 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

2007: 92 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

2006: 90 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

2006: 90 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

2004: 91 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

Vineyard & Vintage Character

Hartford Family Winery proprietors Don and Jenny Hartford tend this 100+-year-old vineyard located on seven acres along Wood Road in the Russian River AVA of Sonoma County. The vineyard is head-pruned and produces low yields of about 1 ton / acre. Most vines produce only several clusters of intensely flavored grapes each year. Wood Road has well-drained, low fertility, sandy loam soils about two to three feet in depth over deeper layers of compacted sandy loam of about four to six inches. Since the Italian immigrants who planted the Wood Road Vineyard in the early 1900s wanted to ensure long vine life and moisture for their dry-farmed vines, they placed a blasting cap where each vine was to be planted and blasted through the compacted layer. Today we continue to enjoy the fruits of their ingenuity and celebrate the legacy of "dynamite" Zinfandels. The Hartford Vineyard has also been farmed using organic and biodynamic practices since 2004.

Wine Details

Oak: 100% French oak, 42% new
Time in oak: 8 months
Alcohol: 16.1%
TA: 6.2 g/L
pH: 3.61
Cases produced: 255
Yeast: Native
Unfined and unfiltered