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Howell Mountain Zinfandel

Howell Mountain Zinfandel Wine Details
Price: $37.00 per bottle

Description: The 2004 Howell Mountain Zinfandel is dark ruby colored, with deep aromas of black fruits, wet forest floor and mushrooms. It is full on the palate with flavors of wild plums, blackberries, black cherries, white pepper and an intriguing spicy earthiness. This is truly a great example of Howell mountain terroir. Pair with lamb, cassoulet or peppered steak and sit down and contemplate life. This Howell Mountain Zinfandel is a very complex wine, with firm tannins and well-integrated acidity. It really would benefit from aging, but if drinking today, as always we recommend decanting. The wine will age beautifully for the next 7 – 10 years.

Varietal Definition
Zinfandel is a variety of red grape planted in over 10 percent of California wine vineyards. DNA fingerprinting revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelanski, and also the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in the 'heel' of Italy. It is typically made into a robust red wine. Its taste depends on the ripeness of the grapes from which it is made. Red berry fruits like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas such as the Napa Valley, whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas such as Sonoma County. Many Zinfandels come from head pruned ‘Old Vines’. ‘Old Vine’ is generally understood to mean a vine that is more than 50 years old and that produces less than three tons per acre. ‘Head Pruning’ is an old European style of pruning that trains the vine into the shape of a goblet. It requires no wires or other complex trellis systems. Head pruning spreads the fruit uniformly along the vine and allows light penetration.In the USA a semi-sweet Rosé (blush-style) wine called ‘White Zinfandel’ has achieved widespread popularity. In fact, this popularity has so outstripped all other forms that many fans think there is actually a grape called “White Zinfandel” (there isn’t)!


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