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2014 Hartford Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel

96 Points -

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2015
"The 2014 Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel comes from 100+-year-old vines, with half head-pruned and the other half on a trellising system. It spent nine months in 46% new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. This cuvée of 500 cases is absolutely sensational Zinfandel, just brilliant, with briary, black cherry fruit exploding from the glass. The wine is full-bodied, opulent and lavishly rich, with an extravagant concentration, purity and depth. This is about as good as a Zinfandel can be, so kudos to Don Hartford and winemaker Jeff Stewart.

Hartford Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel

$60 QTY

Tasting Notes 

Consistently distinctive cracked white pepper nuances differentiate the Highwire single-vineyard Zinfandel from our other Zinfandel bottlings. Concentrated licorice, blackberry and boysenberry fruit aromas and flavors are another signature of this vineyard each year and complement the dark chocolate and sappy dark fruit nuances that linger in the youthful finish.

Historic Acclaim 

2014 “Extraordinary” 96 Points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
2014 “Outstanding” 93+ points Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2013 "Outstanding" 93 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2013 "Outstanding" 93+ points Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2012 "Outstanding" 95 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2012 "Outstanding" 92 points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2011 "Outstanding" 92 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2011 "Outstanding" 91 points International Wine Review
2010 "Outstanding" 93 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2010 "Outstanding" 92 points International Wine Review
2009 "Outstanding" 94 points The Wine Spectator
2009 "Outstanding" 94 points International Wine Review
2009 "Outstanding" 95 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2008 "Outstanding" 94 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2007 "Exceptional" 96 points The Wine Enthusiast
2007 "Outstanding" 92 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2006 "Outstanding" 90 points International Wine Review

Vineyard & Vintage Character 

Over 100 years old, the Highwire Vineyard takes its name from the vineyard's trellising systems: half of the parcel is head-trained and half is trained on a high-wire trellis strung between each vine. This trellising method was devised by vineyard owner, Lloyd Chelli, to permit greater sun exposure and promote even ripening. Both sections of the vineyard are harvested separately and evaluated individually before selecting the best lots to ensure consistency in style of the incredibly unique Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel. The Chelli family cares deeply for the old vines behind their home. Their dedicated approach to farming is reflected in the character of the wine produced from their vineyard. Cool nights in the Russian River Valley help to keep bright acidity while double sorting removes less ripe berries and raisins, giving a fresh fruit focus.

Wine Details 

Oak: 100% French oak, 45.1% new
Time in oak: 10 months
Alcohol: 15.7%
TA: 7.0 g/L
pH: 3.57
Cases produced: 500
Unfined and unfiltered

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