2009 Hartford Old Vine Zinfandel – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.hartfordwines.com

For Hartford winery, based in Forestville California, it’s all about pinot noir, chardonnay and zinfandel – three grapes that California does very well with. They focus on single vineyard sources and very limited bottling which in turn has panned out well for them as they typically have no issues selling out each vintage.

Technical Data:

  • 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
  • Price: $35

Nose: Peppered blackberry compot that has traces of bing cherry, road tar, leather glove, dark cocoa and wet shoe laces.

Taste: Superb, sublime flavors of peppered blackcherry, blackberry compot, leather, tobacco and tar bubble. A SOLID mid-palate that makes your tongue beg for more – it’s lucious, fruity with good tannins and acids that make this easily one of the best Zinfandels I’ve ever had – and maybe even one of my all-time-favorite wines. The finish lasts FOR MONTHS and leaves a perfect amount of reach-around on your taste-buds that is stellar.

W.E.P. Rating: 100%