2009 Hartford Zinfandel Russian River Old Vines
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 89

Alcohol by volume: 16.1%
Price at time of purchase: $35.00 (Winery)
Type: Zinfandel
Principal varietal(s): Zinfandel

Hartford makes some other-worldly Zinfandels in the $55 range, but their basic Russian River offering - while lacking the structure and power of its more expensive siblings - is superb as well. Ripe blackberry fruit tinged with plum, black cherry, vanilla, and spicy oak notes. Beautifully balanced, fresh and energetic, and already drinking well at age 2. I was amazed to find the alcohol was 16.1% in this wine, as it's completely masked by the wine's richness and balance. - HK 2011-10-14


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