2018 Howell Mountain Zinfandel

  • Tasting Notes

    Eye
    Magenta core, ruby rim.

    Nose
    Spicy, woodsy cardamom, clove, and potpourri followed by secondary notes of fresh taffy, funnel cake, and spun sugar, dark chocolate and Fuyu persimmon.

    Palate
    Plush, rich, and velvety on the palate, full-bodied with a long, lingering finish.

    Cellar life
    Drink now through 2030.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Howell Mountain Zinfandel
    • Vineyard source
      Beatty Ranch
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Barrel aging
      14 months in 25% new oak, 50/50 French/American
    • Alcohol by vol.
      14.9%
    • Production
      650 cases in 12 x 750ml format
  • Background

    David has known Pat Beatty, whose father Mike was instrumental in establishing the storied Howell Mountain sub-appellation, for thirty years. In fact, the two may very well have bonded over a barrel of homebrew Zinfandel Pat brought over to our property pre-Brown Estate (which in hindsight raises the point that our little brother at the time may have been underage — but moving right along). Beatty Ranch’s esteemed old-vine Zin was planted pre-World War I and grows on the western slope of Howell Mountain at an elevation of 1800 feet. Head-trained and dry-farmed, the vineyard sees ample daytime sunlight and enjoys cool nighttime temperatures, conditions similar to Brown Estate. This is the first of two vintages David will produce from this vineyard, which at the time of this writing is threatened by the Glass Fire.  

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