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2009 Russian River Valley Zinfandel

90 Points - "Deep violet. Blackberry and boysenberry aromas are complicated by white pepper, mocha and licorice. Sappy, palate-coating dark berry flavors show liqueur-like richness and a touch of bitter chocolate. Quite full in the mouth, with good finishing breadth and persistent black and blue fruit nuances." - Josh Reynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 2011
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Description

Tasting Notes

This old-vine Zinfandel provides captivating aromas of boysenberry, blackberry and white pepper, complemented by flavors reminiscent of black raspberries, blackberries, mocha and nutmeg. Stunningly rich and concentrated, our 2009 Russian River Valley Zinfandel has incredible definition of fruit and an elegant and silky finish.

Historic Acclaim

2009: 90 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 2011
2008: 91 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2010
2008: 91 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 2010
2008: 91 points, The Wine Spectator,June 2010
2007: 91 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 2009
2007: 92 points, The Wine Spectator, June 2009
2005: 92 points, The Wine News, November 2007
2005: 90 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 2007
2004: 93 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, June 2006
2003: 93 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2005 
2001: 93 points, Robert Parker'sThe Wine Advocate, October 2003
2000: 90 points, Robert Parker'sThe Wine Advocate, August 2002

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 about 75+ years) offer an impressive articulation of this idiosyncratic variety. 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 legendary extraction. The 2009 Russian River Valley Zinfandel is a wine with beautiful depth of flavor and intensity. To preserve exotic spice and sweet berry flavors, we use the same gentle handling techniques for making Zinfandel that we use with Pinot Noir.

Wine Details

Oak: 100% French oak; 37% new
Time in oak: 11 months
Alcohol: 16.1%
TA: 6.0 g/L
pH: 3.66
Cases produced: 1001

Wine Information Sheet PDF

Vineyard Designation

Russian River Valley
Vintage 2009
Wine Style Red Wine
Size 750 ml