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2011 Zinfandel - Howell Mountain - SOLD OUT

2011 Zinfandel - Howell Mountain - SOLD OUT

94 Points 
- Wine & Spirits, Feb. 2014
The 2011 vintage is sold out. Look for the release of the 2012 Howell Mountain Zin from Black Sears Vineyard in October 2014.

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About This Wine:
Sourced from the neighboring Black Sears Vineyard up the road from our winery, this Zinfandel has earned a reputation for impressive purity, structure and elegance, combining the power of mountain Zinfandel fruit with winemaking finesse in the cellar. The wine’s signature Howell Mountain pedigree is evident, with deep blackberry, white pepper and a  refreshing minerality at the forefront.

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Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2011
Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: Zinfandel
Varietal Composition:
85% Zinfandel
15% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: Oct. 12-13
Sugar: 25.6° Brix
Acid: .62
PH: 3.71
Aging: 18 months; 40% new French oak, 10% new American oak
Bottling Date: April 2013
Alcohol %: 14.9
Tasting Notes:

Aromas open with delicate white pepper, boysenberry, dusty brambleberry and warm stone, fleshing out with cassis, zesty raspberry and just a hint of blueberry.
Flavors open up generously on the palate, with nice acidity and a firm tannin backbone. With good structure and nervy appeal, flavors of nutmeg and cardamom emerge on the front palate. The nicely weighted mid-palate is filled with dark mountain fruit and the signature Howell Mountain pepper.
On the finish, the fruit settles in and broadens, framed by dusty, creamy oak and touches of warm spice. Smooth and stylistically rich, this food-friendly Zinfandel offers a perfect integration of oak and fine-grained tannins.

Vineyard Notes:

Topping out at 2400 feet, the Black Sears Estate — located just up the road from our winery — is the highest vineyard on Howell Mountain. For 25 years, it has produced highly coveted Zinfandel grapes. The vineyard is dry farmed, and the vines head pruned in the old world style with no trellising. This technique is perfect for growing Zinfandel grapes, which thrive in the mountain’s well-drained, rocky volcanic soils and moderate climate.


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