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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 8 
ProducerHartford / Hartford Court (web)
VineyardJolene's Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

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Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2016 (based on 1 user opinion)

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Community Tasting Notes (average 87.6 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 11 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by matt182 on 7/1/2015 & rated 89 points: Ready to drink, no need to hold, light on it's feet for a zin, alcohol spiking a bit, but it's a zin after all, still black fruits with prunes and blackberries, a lot of minerals. Not the longest, but enjoyable. (90 views)
 Tasted by Joegish on 2/5/2013 & rated 91 points: Jammy with restraint, peppery, but not over the top. Kind of a Zinfandel with finesse. Nice fruit, but a little subdued. I like it. Probably a bit pricey for a zin these days... Little bit of funk on the nose. (1178 views)
 Tasted by MichielV on 12/9/2012 & rated 90 points: With superb lasagna after xmas set up. Big on alcohol but this is classic Zin. Decanted 1 hr. Very good food wine combination. Nice dark berry color, spicy on the nose, but good start on palate. Good spice and fruit combination. Nice finish. Reminds me of how zin used to be 15 yrs ago. (1037 views)
 Tasted by RA1 on 1/29/2012 & rated 86 points: Jammy nose, restrained taste. Not much complexity, if pleasant to drink. I've had better Zin. (1483 views)
 Tasted by Annie1 on 3/9/2011 & rated 80 points: Very disappointing. Nose of coffee and some fruit but extremely tight even after decanting. Some cherries on palate but hot alcohol finish. Kept hoping it would get better...did a little but not enough. Unacceptable QPR. (1602 views)

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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150
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Hartford / Hartford Court

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2008 Hartford / Hartford Court Zinfandel Jolene's Vineyard

Winemaker's Notes: This old-vine Zinfandel provides alluring aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, blackberry and vanilla. Jolene’s texture is rich and mouth-filling with supple tannins and a long and lingering finish.
Vineyard Character Jolene’s Vineyard, located along Olivet Road in the Russian River Valley, takes its name from a merging of the first names of its owners– Joanne and Arlene. The vineyard is surrounded by several other old-vine Zinfandel Vineyards. The character of the Jolene’s old- vine Vineyard is unique from most other old vine Zinfandel vineyards in the Russian River area in that it is planted entirely to Zinfandel. Jolene’s Vineyard character is reflected in its classic berry, cherry and brandy notes for which Old Vine Zinfandel is renowned. Most old-vine Zinfandel vineyards in the area are ‘field’ or ‘spice’ blends that also include very small plantings of Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouchet and Carignan.
Wine Details
Oak: 100% French oak, 69% new
Time in oak: 10 months
Alcohol: 15.9%
TA: 5.9 g/L
pH: 3.80
Cases: 275


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