2019 Hartford Court Zinfandel Old Vine
2019 Hartford Court Zinfandel Old Vine Carneros is one of California’s oldest and most celebrated viticultural areas. It was first planted with grapes in the 1830s, and now ranks among the world’s top regions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, including when the two varieties are combined to make sparkling wines in the traditional method. (© Copyright material, Wine-Searcher.com)
The official Carneros AVA (created in 1983) covers an area of 90 square miles (230 square km) on the southernmost foothills of the Mayacamas and Sonoma mountain ranges. This location means the AVA is divided between America’s two most famous wine-producing regions – the eastern half in Napa, the western half in Sonoma. Many producers label their wines as “Carneros Napa Valley” or “Carneros Sonoma Valley”, depending on which side of the county line they are located.
The topography here – and the cool, windy mesoclimate it creates – is intimately connected with the style of wine produced here. As the mountains disappear (they drop down into San Francisco Bay before rising again in Contra Costa County), so does the protection they provide from the cold, wet winds which blow in from the Pacific Ocean, 30 miles (50km) west of Carneros. This gives Carneros a much cooler, wetter climate than that found further north in the sheltered valleys. This gap in the mountains is known as the Petaluma Gap (for which an AVA was created in 2017), and its influence extends beyond Carneros into other AVAs including Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and even the southern end of Napa Valley.
Hartford Family Winery is a wine producer located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. The estate was established in 1994 by Jenny and Don Hartford and has gained a reputation as one of Sonoma’s premier producers for top quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel.