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Hartford Zinfandel RRV Jolene's Vineyard Old Vine 2014

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CWA96

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Price: $65.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 96 Points
“This is an exceptional Zinfandel with heady aromas of blueberry, raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry before coming to life on the palate, accented by a delightful complement of allspice and a juicy streak within creamy, super velvety texture. Incredibly easy to enjoy, lush, ripe and rich in all the right ways, while not heavy or overpowering. A Zin for Zin lovers.” - California Wine Advisors

“The 2014 Zinfandel Jolene's Vineyard is aromatic, lifted and nuanced, with pretty earthy, savory undertones that add complexity. This is an especially gracious mid-weight Zinfandel. A host of bright red stone fruit and pomegranate notes add the closing shades of nuance.” - 94 Points, Vinous (2/16)

“Catches your attention with a distinctive aroma of fresh pine trees, then follows through with complex, focused flavors of raspberry, licorice and mineral. Ripe overall, but bright acidity keeps this balanced. Drink now through 2025.” - Wine Spectator (6/16) 

BACKGROUND
Don Hartford grew up on a small strawberry farm in western Massachusetts, and later attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. To cover the cost of tuition and expenses, Don worked as a "straw boss" on a cigar wrapper tobacco farm, a degreaser in a bicycle factory, and a lifeguard at Congamond Lakes in Massachusetts. After earning a BA, Don spent a year teaching English as a second language in Spain and later taught Spanish for four years in Massachusetts. Don Hartford met his wife, Jennifer Jackson-Hartford, at Santa Clara University in Northern California in 1979. (Shortly thereafter, Jennifer's father, Jess, started a modest 16,000 case winery called Kendall-Jackson.) For more than twenty-five years, Don has been immersed in winemaking and winery management. In the process, Don has returned to one of his first loves—the land and farming. In addition, he and Jenny personally own and lead the farming of the winery’s vineyards, including a small old vine Zinfandel vineyard behind their home. As president and part-owner of Hartford Family Wines (with Jennifer), Don remains 'hands on’ at all levels of the business, including work in the vineyards, winery, marketing, hospitality and sales.
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 96 Points
“This is an exceptional Zinfandel with heady aromas of blueberry, raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry before coming to life on the palate, accented by a delightful complement of allspice and a juicy streak within creamy, super velvety texture. Incredibly easy to enjoy, lush, ripe and rich in all the right ways, while not heavy or overpowering. A Zin for Zin lovers.” - California Wine Advisors

“The 2014 Zinfandel Jolene's Vineyard is aromatic, lifted and nuanced, with pretty earthy, savory undertones that add complexity. This is an especially gracious mid-weight Zinfandel. A host of bright red stone fruit and pomegranate notes add the closing shades of nuance.” - 94 Points, Vinous (2/16)

“Catches your attention with a distinctive aroma of fresh pine trees, then follows through with complex, focused flavors of raspberry, licorice and mineral. Ripe overall, but bright acidity keeps this balanced. Drink now through 2025.” - Wine Spectator (6/16) 

BACKGROUND
Don Hartford grew up on a small strawberry farm in western Massachusetts, and later attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. To cover the cost of tuition and expenses, Don worked as a "straw boss" on a cigar wrapper tobacco farm, a degreaser in a bicycle factory, and a lifeguard at Congamond Lakes in Massachusetts. After earning a BA, Don spent a year teaching English as a second language in Spain and later taught Spanish for four years in Massachusetts. Don Hartford met his wife, Jennifer Jackson-Hartford, at Santa Clara University in Northern California in 1979. (Shortly thereafter, Jennifer's father, Jess, started a modest 16,000 case winery called Kendall-Jackson.) For more than twenty-five years, Don has been immersed in winemaking and winery management. In the process, Don has returned to one of his first loves—the land and farming. In addition, he and Jenny personally own and lead the farming of the winery’s vineyards, including a small old vine Zinfandel vineyard behind their home. As president and part-owner of Hartford Family Wines (with Jennifer), Don remains 'hands on’ at all levels of the business, including work in the vineyards, winery, marketing, hospitality and sales.

Winery Hartford Court

Vineyard Designate Jolene's VIneyard

AVA

Region Russian River