Hartford Court 2017 Old Vine Russian River Valley Zinfandel
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90 Points "Outstanding" The Wine Advocate
VINEYARD 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 vineyards (average vineyard age is over 100 years) oﬀer an impressive expression 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.
WINEMAKING - 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 fermentations in small open-top fermenters
• Aged for 10 months in all 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.
TASTING NOTES - The 2017 Hartford Russian River Valley Zinfandel is showing aromas of ripe plum, blackberry, 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.
Oak: 100% French oak, 51% new
Time in oak: 10 months
TA: 6.8 g/L