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What is a good brand of red Zinfandel?

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Rated by Wine Magazine, 96 points out of 100, the 2007 Hartford Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel makes an excellent choice. Hartford is a popular, award-winning producer of zinfandel.

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This brand of zinfandel is produced in Russian River Valley, in California's Sonoma region. The particular vineyard in which the grapes are grown features vines that are over 100 years old. The damp, cool area where the vineyard is located helps to influence the well balanced final product.

In a very small production, Hartford makes as little as 300 cases of a particular zinfandel. This slightly boozy red wine, with 15.5 percent alcohol, is smooth and dense. On the palate, the drinker tastes notes of currant, black pepper and anise.

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