Concentrated, long-lived essence of black raspberry and classic Howell Mountain pepper are at the forefront, infused with a potpourri of dried mountain lilac and rose petals.
Juicy, rich black and red fruits are first-up on the palate, followed by white pepper, cranberries, warm spices, and a subtle minerality.
A nice balance of rounded, supple tannins and bright acidity keep the dark black fruit aloft through the finish, ending with a touch of clove.
A layered, stylish, complex example of Howell Mountain Zinfandel at its best. Decanting recommended. - Winery
Harvest date: September 23
Average sugar: 26.2° Brix
Barrel Aging: 18 months in 70% new French oak; 30% second-year.
Bottling Date: May 2010
Release date: September 2010
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