Offers distinctive fresh thyme and boysenberry aromas, with complex but slightly tight blueberry, spicy dried sage and mineral flavors. Finishes with ripe yet firm tannins. Best from 2015 through 2020. 90 Points Wine Spectator
Made from vines that reportedly average over 85 years of age; one third new oak: Inky ruby. Bright cherry and black raspberry aromas are complemented by hints of dried rose, black tea and star anise. Lively cherry and dark berry flavors pick up spiciness with air, along with a touch of candied flowers. Shows good energy on the finish, which is firmed by youthful, fine-grained tannins. This rich but energetic zin will work well with strongly seasoned foods. 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
The 2011 Hartford Vineyard's low-yielding vines produce an elegant Zinfandel characterized by a sumptuous and velvety texture. Creamy blackberry and allspice aromas are echoed on the palate and transition into ripe black raspberry and mulberry flavors with a cinnamon stick finish. Well-integrated tannins juxtapose juicy flavors and an opulent texture in this silky and refined wine.
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.