The 96-year old Highwire Vineyard takes its name from the vineyard's trellising systems: half of the parcel is head trained; half is trained on an unusually high wire strung between each vine. This unconventional 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 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.
Wines From This Vineyard
"The 2016 Hartford Zinfandel Highwire Vineyard has a medium to deep garnet-purple color. Wow - the nose is a knock-out beauty of black cherry cordial, blueberry compote, fruitcake and liquid licorice with hints of roses, lilacs, Indian spice and garrigue. Full bodied and beautifully structured with firm, grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, the palate is generously filled with fruit and spice laters, finishing long and perfumed." - Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, October 2018