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2010 Hartford Family Winery Zinfandel "Highwire Vineyard"

Winery: Hartford Family Winery

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Highwire Vineyard"

Wine Category: Zinfandel

Grape blend: 100% Zinfandel

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $60

Cases produced: 420

KWG Score: 93 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: March 9, 2013

Wine Review: This opaque and very dark red colored Zinfandel from Hartford is a bit over the top. It opens with a fragrant blackberry bouquet with hints of black pepper and black licorice. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and very fruit forward. The flavor profile is a black pepper infused extracted blackberry with notes of plum, dark chocolate, and old oak. The finish is dry and its dusty tannins linger for a little while. The panel suggested decanting this wine for at least an hour as this wine comes together and becomes more velvety with air. The panel suggested serving it with a Five Guys mushroom and bacon burger. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Consistently distinctive cracked white pepper nuances differentiate the Highwire single-vineyard Zinfandel from our other Zinfandel bottlings. Concentrated blackberry and boysenberry fruit aromas and flavors are a signature of this vineyard each year and complement cracked pepper and allspice nuances that linger. A multi-layered finish that seems to go on forever almost encourages a ‘cult following’ for this sought aer single vineyard old-vine Russian River Valley Zinfandel.

Organic status: not organic

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