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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Hartford Russian River Zinfandel 2003
Hartford Russian River Zinfandel 2003
(search item no. 81505)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is the fifth vintage of our wildly popular Russian River Valley AVA Zinfandel. This old-vine Zin provides alluring aromas of blackberry, sweet pipe tobacco, black pepper and anise complemented by flavors reminiscent of fresh baked, blackberry pie with allspice, anise and caramel notes on the finish. Stunningly rich and concentrated, our 2003 Russian River Valley Zinfandel has incredible definition of fruit and sweet luscious tannins. To preserve the exotic spice and sweet berry flavors, this wine was neither fined nor filtered.

Acclaim
93 Points - "...is a great effort for the price. Made from various vineyards, all averaging 80 years of age, it exhibits a sexy, up-front, respberry, blackbery, and spice box-scented perfume, huge body, a peppery component, and a large, seductive, luscious finish with no hard edges." - Robert M. Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate, February 2005

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About Hartford:

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.

Making delicious wines of high personality is directly related to the difficult locations of the Hartford family's vineyard sources, the limited production of their bottlings and the varietals they use. "Character through adversity" is an expression that the Hartford family believes to apply to both people and grapevines, and they feel that surviving adversity builds character, and personality, in both. The Hartford Family makes wines under two marks, Hartford Court and Hartford.