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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||18 months; 40% new French oak, 10% new American oak
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.
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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