2018 Hartford Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel

96 POINTS -

"This wine is sourced from an estate site planted to 100-year old vines, with half the parcel head-trained and the other half trained on a high wire, thus the name. Tangy orange peel, cherry, and blackberry mesh around a densely layered core. It’s complex and rich, but buoyed by bright acidity and a shock of white pepper." - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2020

Highwire 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, which complements the dark chocolate and sappy dark fruit nuances that linger in the youthful finish.

Historic Acclaim

2017 "Outstanding" 95 Points Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

2016 "Extraordinary" 97 Points Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

2015 “Extraordinary” 96 Points Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

2014 “Extraordinary” 96 Points Robert Parker 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 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!

Wine Details

Oak: 100% French oak, 43% new
Time in oak: 9 months
Alcohol: 15.9%
TA: 6.7 g/L
pH: 3.58
Cases produced: 327
Unfined and unfiltered

Wine Information Sheet