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Zinfandel - Howell Mountain

Zinfandel - Howell Mountain Wine Details
Price: $37.00 per bottle

Description: Howell Mountain is an exciting area. The grapes grown up there make intense, complex wines. These wines can have powerful tannins and still have elegance. The combination of complexity and elegance make for wines that go well with food, are enjoyable for both tasting and drinking and will improve with cellaring. These are the reasons why I love to make wines from Howell Mountain. D-cubed Cellars 2004 Howell Mountain Zinfandel has aromas of strawberries and blackberries, with black pepper, vanilla, and wild mushrooms. This Howell Mountain wine has rich body with an exciting structure with some smoothness now that will increase as the wine ages over the next 4-6 years The flavors are blackberries, black cherries and pepper, which carry on through to the finish.

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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