2010 Hartford Highwire Vineyard Old-Vine Zinfandel – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.hartfordwines.com

If ever there was an appropriate name for a wine, it’s this “Highwire” from Hartford Family Wines out of Sonoma. It is, quite simply, one of the best Zinfandel’s I’ve ever had as it completely embodies everything I adore about this varietal. The spice, texture, aromas and that sense of “palate reach-around” that a well-made Zinfandel delivers.

Technical Data:

  • Oak: 100% French oak; 45% new
  • Time in oak: 11 months
  • Yeast: Native and cultured
  • Alcohol: 15.7%
  • TA: 7.2g/L
  • pH: 3.45
  • Cases produced: 420
  • Price: $55


Nose: Spiced old-shoe leather that’s been soaking in boysenberry, black raspberry, blackberry compote, fennel, cigar and dark chocolate.

Taste: A spicy concoction of spiced, blackened red fruits, plum and blackberry going on in this glass – it has a sublime combination of fruit, acid and tannin. It’s so well structured – it is easily one of the best red-wines I’ve ever had, bar-none. Superb fruit, mid-palate transition with good “roundness” and a linger finish that begs you to hit it again and again.

W.E.P. Rating: 120%