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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Hartford Russian River Zinfandel 2005
Hartford Russian River Zinfandel 2005
(search item no. 105126)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $14.99

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
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is the sixth vintage of our wildly popular Russian River Valley AVA Zinfandel. This old-vine Zinfandel 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 2005 Russian River Valley Zinfandel has incredible definition of fruit and sweet luscious tannins. To preserve exotic spice and sweet berry flavors, we use the same gentle handling techniques for making Zinfandel that we use with Pinot Noir.
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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.