Highwire Vineyard

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2022 Hartford Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel

97 Points

"The 2022 Highwire Zinfandel Old Vines is medium to deep garnet-purple in color. It comes barreling out of the glass with notes of baked cherries, black truffle, juicy blueberries, and spice cake with hints of oolong tea and mossy tree bark. The full-bodied palate is lively and fine-grained, with earth-laced black and red berry layers, finishing long and earthy. The vines are more than 100 years old, with half of the plot head-trained and half trained on a high wire." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent, April 2024




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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 implemented by the previous vineyard owner, Lloyd and Dee Chelli to permit greater sun exposure and promote even ripening. Both sections of the vineyard are harvested and aged separately to ensure that we capture all characteristics of the Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel. Cool nights in the Russian River Valley help retain bright acidity, while double sorting removes less ripe berries and raisins, retaining a fresh fruit focus.

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. Hartford Family Winery purchased the Highwire Vineyard from the Chelli’s in 2018, and Lloyd and Dee still live on the property and watch over this historic vineyard every day!

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