2018 Howell Mountain Zinfandel
Magenta core, ruby rim.
Spicy, woodsy cardamom, clove, and potpourri followed by secondary notes of fresh taffy, funnel cake, and spun sugar, dark chocolate and Fuyu persimmon.
Plush, rich, and velvety on the palate, full-bodied with a long, lingering finish.
Drink now through 2030.
100% Howell Mountain Zinfandel
- Vineyard source
- Barrel aging
14 months in 25% new oak, 50/50 French/American
- Alcohol by vol.
650 cases in 12 x 750ml format
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.