Hartford Zinfandel Russian River Valley Highwire Vineyard 2006
The Hartford Zinfandel is a blend of 7 different vineyards (the average age of 80+ years). This gorgeously rich effort reveals a Pinot Noir-like sensitivity along with a seductive fragrant nose of black raspberries cherries spice box pepper and earth. In the mouth it's a flamboyant seductive expansive full-bodied savory wine with beautifully integrated acidity wood alcohol and tannin. Drink this decadent Zin over the next 5-6 years. The Zinfandels fashioned from old head-pruned Russian River vineyards are 100% destemmed but as many whole berries as possible are utilized in the wines' fermentations and the wines are aged in French oak. In terms of complexity richness and quality Hartford Court's Zins rank alongside those of Turley Wine Cellars.
Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1993 as a result of Don and Jennifer Hartford's appreciation for the wines, the people, and the unique vineyards near their Russian River Valley home. Located in the Sonoma County town of Forestville, the winery is about 15 miles from the cool Pacific Coast. We are located at 8075 Martinelli Road in Forestville, CA.
This is a zin that needs some time, there are good components but it is a little unbalanced right now. My experience with this Hartford zin (used to be a club member) is that needs a year after it is available before it really shows off.
Three and a half glasses