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Jeb Dunnuck Score: 94
The Hartford family’s Chardonnays and Pinot Noir have garnered quite a bit of limelight in recent vintages. Their daily Russian River Valley bottlings have received 94- and 95-point scores, with reviews that are often reserved for wines 3-4 times their prices. But now, it seems their Zinfandels are beginning to shine on their own!

Hartford Family Winery began back in 1994 by Don and Jennifer Hartford. Since their inaugural release in 1996, Hartford has continued to produce wines with lots of personality and charisma. The single vineyard wines they produce range from as little as 90 to 800 cases and receive high accolades from the top wine critics.

The Old Vine Zinfandel is produced from true old vines from some of California’s oldest Zinfandel Vineyards. While most of their vineyards were planted 80-100 years ago, the average vine age is well over 100 years from some of California's oldest Zinfandel vineyards. 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 vines offer an impressive articulation of this idiosyncratic varietal. Zinfandel grown in the Russian River Valley is distinctive with bright, natural acidity, vibrant fruit aromas and flavors which 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.

Word on the street is there may not be any of the 2020 vintage hitting our shelves, so we got as much of this high-scoring 2019 as we could. So if you’re a Zinfandel lover, or maybe a new convert, now is the time to pounce on this gem!

JEB DUNNUCK 94 POINTS - "The 2019 Zinfandel Russian River Valley is a gem and certainly a great candidate for those looking for a great Zinfandel, or those interested in the style and quality of this great estate. Classic red and blue fruits, sandalwood, cigar wrapper, and candied violets dominate the bouquet, and it's medium to full-bodied, with considerable structure, good purity, and a great finish. It will have 8-10 years of prime drinking."
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