2016 Hartford Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel

97 POINTS -

"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

Highwire Zinfandel
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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

2016 "Extraordinary" 97 Points Rober Parker's The Wine Advocate

2015 “Extraordinary” 96 Points Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

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, 44% new
Time in oak: 13 months
Alcohol: 15.5%
TA: 6.4 g/L
pH: 3.57
Cases produced: 292
Unfined and unfiltered