Howell Mountain Vineyards
Region: Howell Mountain, Napa, CA
From the famed Beatty Ranch, similar to Black Sears Vineyard, these are the oldest Zinfandel vines on Howell Mountain - over 100 years old. A nearly perfect growing season on Howell Mountain in 2012 resulted in beautifully balanced and complex fruit. Zinfandel is celebrated by wine enthusiasts as America's heritage wine. It is believed the grape was planted in California in the 1840's by settlers during the gold rush.
This is the way Zinfandel should taste. Happily, it lacks the over-jammy, alcohol infused characteristics that have become commonplace with Zinfandel. Rather, the color is vibrant ruby in color with aromas of black fruits and spice. The flavors are bright, complex and robust. Wild black berries and ripe juicy plum lead the way with boysenberry, black pepper, cola, and black tea to follow. The finish exhibits balanced acidity with pleasingly, soft tannin notes.
Grapes100% Old Vine Zinfandel - 103 years old
RegionBeatty Ranch, Howell Mountain AVA, Napa, CA
AgeabilityDrink now through the next 5-8 years
Ranch Owner: Mike Beatty
- 90 points - Wine Enthusiast
- 90 points - The Tasting Panel