2003 Hartford "Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard" Russian River Zinfandel

SKU #1012835 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Readers should note that the label designation for this Zinfandel is “Hartford,” not “Hartford Court.” Sullivan loves the 2003 Zins since the vintage enjoyed plenty of heat at the end of the growing season, which helped the grapes attain full phenolic maturity, and the crop size was much smaller than 2002 and 2001. What I enjoy most about this offering is that Sullivan makes Zinfandel with a Pinot Noir mind-set, which seems to add to its complexity. There are 464 cases of the dark ruby/purple-hued 2003 Zinfandel Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard. From a site planted in 1906, it possesses dramatic fruit in addition to a wonderful perfume of black raspberries intermixed with kirsch, loamy soil, and spice box. (RP)  (2/2005)

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The 7-acre Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard is situated on a knoll in the Russian River Valley. For three decades the Fanucchi family has hand-tended these esteemed 98-year-old vines. These dry-farmed and head-trained vines yield tiny berries exhibiting aromas and flavors of black raspberries and vine-ripened boysenberries with a bittersweet chocolate finish. Bottle unfined and unfiltered. Just 425 cases produced.

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Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
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