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D-Cubed Cellars 2009 Howell Mountain Zinfandel

D-Cubed Cellars

2009 Zinfandel
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Napa Valley, CA


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Tasting Notes:

Duane Dappen, owner and winemaker for D-Cubed Cellars, has a real passion for Zinfandel.  This passion dates back to his childhood, where he recalls watching his parents enjoy Zinfandel. He's not trying to make "trophy wines", but rather a really good, approachable wine one can open with friends and enjoy with a meal.

The 2009 Zinfandel opens with vibrant aromas of cherry pie followed by cinnamon spice and herbs. The palate indulges flavors of blackberry and currants along with dried sage and pepper. With its long finish and prominent acidity, this wine begs for food.

  • Grapes
    96% Zinfandel; 4% Petite Sirah
  • Region
    Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, CA
  • Production
    243 cases
  • Alcohol
  • Ageability
    Drink now through 2018
Duane Dappen
About the Winemaker:

D-Cubed Cellars is a one-man-show, where Duane Dappen wears many hats. His passion for Zinfandel drives him to make wine that is approachable and food friendly. Part of making great wine is the location the grapes are grown. In this case, the 2009 Howell Mountain Zinfandel is made predominantly from high elevation fruit of the Black Sears Vineyard. While Ridge Vineyards was the first to source from this once dilapidated vineyard, it was Turley Vineyards and D-Cubed who brought acclaim to its grapes. The altitude and unique soils of Howell Mountain help to create intense and complex wines. This elegant and graceful wine successfully showcases the terroir from which it was born.

From the ground up, soil can have as much of an effect on the variety and intensity of grapes as the weather. This is clearly evident on Howell Mountain, where there are two main soil types. The first consists of decomposed volcanic ash, called “tufa”, and the second is red clay that is high in iron. Because both soil types are nutrient poor, they stress the vines, producing intense wines from small clusters and berries. In the end, the altitude, and thin, rocky, dry soil conditions create wines with firm structure, incredible varietal intensity, and excellent aging properties.

Duane Dappen also sits on the board of ZAP - Zinfandel Advocates and Producers, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing public knowledge of and appreciation for American Zinfandel and its unique place in our culture and history.

Meet Duane Dappen in person this month at Experience Zinfandel, a tasting dedicated to the celebration of this great American heritage grape.

About the Vineyard:
Additional Winemaker Notes:
  • Time in oak: 15 months French and American
  • Bottling: January 2011
  • Fining: No fining
Food Pairing Suggestions:
Duane Dappen loves Zinfandel, about as much as he loves food. So this wine was made to pair with food! Bold and spicy, it will stand up beautifully to meat dishes and cut through fat, providing a perfect balance of flavors. It pairs well with BBQ pork ribs, roast leg of lamb, steak, Italian sausage, venison and brisket. Also try tomato based pasta dishes such as lasagna or spaghetti, beef stew or chili and cheeses such as Parmesan, aged Cheddar or Gouda, Asiago or Pepper Jack.
About the Winery
D Cubed Cellars – perhaps Napa’s only exclusively Zinfandel producer.