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2016 Limited Release Howell Mountain Zinfandel

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2016 Limited Release Howell Mountain Zinfandel


Our 2016 Howell Mountain Zinfandel offers aromas of boysenberry, white pepper and vanilla. On the palate, rich flavors of black cherry are enhanced by brown sugar and nutmeg. The bold fruit and subtle spice makes for a fresh and long finish.


Howell Mountain is especially well suited to growing intensely flavored Zinfandel due to the combination of volcanic, iron laden soils and high elevation. The soil is lean which naturally limits the vigor of the grapevines. Limiting the vigor of the grapevines concentrates the flavors in the grapes which increases the fruit intensity of the finished wine. The 2,400 feet elevation impacts the microclimate of the site. Large swings between day and night temperatures allow for even ripening and maintaining a vibrant acidity in the grapes. The vines are approximately 39 years old which results in fruit with wonderful intensity of aromas and exceptional concentration of flavor.
With very little rain, bud break occurred between the end of February and early March. With warm and dry spring and early summer, the vines develop healthy canopies and fruit set was balanced. The growing season was lengthened due to cool summer. September had a few heat spikes to push fruit to optimal sugar levels. The 2016 vintage was very balanced and ideal for producing wines with excellent flavor and resolved tannins.

VARIETAL BLEND: 100% Zinfandel
APPELLATION: 100% Howell Mountain
AGING: 47% new French oak barrels / 16 months
ALCOHOL: 15.5 | TA: 0.61 g/100ml | pH: 3.79

Tasting Note
Vintage 2016
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Zinfandel
Appellation Howell Mountain
Size 750 ml

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