Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1994 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. Jeff Stewart is the Hartford Family Winemaker.
Purple in color. 15.5% ABV. Stunning nose of brambly red and black fruits, licorice and pepper. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Rich, plush and bursting with bright fruits. Impeccably balanced. Blackberry, raspberry liqueur, peach and pepper on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and sweeet. Fantastic Zinfandel. So much to like here. Best over the next 1-2 years.
My rating: 95 points.
You may still be able to find the outstanding ’18 vintage of Hartford Family Zinfandel, otherwise, be on the lookout for the ’19 version early next year.