2018 Hartford Jolene’s Vineyard Zinfandel

95 POINTS -

"From head-trained vines more than 100 years old, the 2018 Zinfandel Jolene's Vineyard was aged in French oak, 28% new, for nine months. Medium garnet-purple colored, it opens with notions of blackberry pie, fruitcake, and plum preserves plus hints of Indian spices, sandalwood, and fragrant earth with a waft of black loam. Full-bodied, rich, spicy and chock-full of black and blue fruit, it has a chewy texture and loads of freshness, finishing with epic length. ." -LIsa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker The Wine Advocate, Jan 2021

2018 Jolene's Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel
$60
QTY

Tasting Notes

This old-vine Zinfandel’s alluring aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry, blackberry, and cassis are the highlights of the single-vineyard Jolene’s bottling. The texture is rich and mouth-filling with ripe blueberry and tobacco characteristics, supple tannins and a creamy, elegant finish.

Historic Acclaim

2015 “Outstanding” 94+ points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, April 2017
2015 “Outstanding” 91 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2017
2015 “Outstanding” 93 points T.F., The Wine Spectator, June 2017
2014 “Outstanding” 94 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2016
2014 “Outstanding” 92 points T.F., The Wine Spectator, June 2016
2013 “Outstanding” 93 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2015
2012 “Outstanding” 93 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2013
2012 “Outstanding” 91 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2014
2011 “Outstanding” 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2013
2011 “Outstanding” 91 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, April 2013
2010 “Outstanding” 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2012
2010 “Outstanding” 90+ points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2011
2009 “Outstanding” 93 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2011
2009 “Outstanding” 94 points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, February 2012
2008 “Outstanding” 91 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, February 2010

Vineyard & Vintage Character

Jolene’s Vineyard takes its name from a merging of the first names of the owners of Maffei Vineyards—Joanne and Arlene. This old-vine vineyard joined the Hartford Zinfandel portfolio in 2004, as a single vineyard offering, and as an important component of our Russian River Valley Zinfandel blend. It is rare for an older Russian River Valley Zinfandel vineyard such as Jolene’s to be planted almost exclusively to Zinfandel selections; there is only a small percentage of Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet and Carignane intermingled among the vines.

Wine Details

Oak: 100% French oak, 26% new
Time in oak: 9 months
Alcohol: 16.0%
TA: 6.5 g/L
pH: 3.64
Cases produced: 280
Unfined and unfiltered

Wine Information Sheet