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Howell Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel Howell Mountain Black Sears Vineyard 2005

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This year Howell Mountain Vineyards, in response to consumer demand, sought out mature Zinfandel vineyards in Napa Valley to blend with its Beatty Ranch and Black Sears Vineyard fruit. Renamed Bear & Lion, after the black bear and mountain lion that appear on the label (and sometimes in the vineyards), this Old Vine bottling combines the best characteristics of mountain fruit and grapes from lowland terraces. The 2005 vintage began with rain, then unusually hot weather in March kicked off the growing season. More rain in May kept the vines healthy and vigorous, delayed bloom and fruit set, and contributed to a large crop. The summer was mild, and by September, foggy mornings led growers and winemakers to squirm about ripening. But several days of temperatures over 90 ̊ at the end of the month got the harvest off and running. The wine itself is a brilliant medium ruby. Ripe, meaty and dark, it is the most intense Old Vine in years. Scents of cherry, spiced plum and clarified butter are supported by a deeper core of jammy fruit. On the palate, the wine is rich and concentrated, with chocolate and chestnut flavors and a long, smooth textured finish. It's wonderful now, but will continue to gain complexity in the bottle.

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Howell Mountain Vineyards:
Howell Mountain Vineyards was acquired in 2005 by Rutherford Bench LLC, which is owned by the Chow Family. The Howell Mountain Vineyards brand was originally established in 1988 to handcraft limited releases of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Beatty Ranch and Black Sears vineyards in Napa Valley’s renowned Howell Mountain region. From their elevations of over 1,800 feet, Howell Mounta... Read more
Howell Mountain Vineyards was acquired in 2005 by Rutherford Bench LLC, which is owned by the Chow Family. The Howell Mountain Vineyards brand was originally established in 1988 to handcraft limited releases of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Beatty Ranch and Black Sears vineyards in Napa Valley’s renowned Howell Mountain region. From their elevations of over 1,800 feet, Howell Mountain grapes are known to produce exceptionally bold, full-bodied and rich wines. Read less

Member Reviews for Howell Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel Howell Mountain Black Sears Vineyard

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Snooth User: jkurtze
3595813
4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 11/27/2007

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: jkurtze
3595813
4.00 5
Vintage: 2001 11/27/2007

Four glasses


Snooth User: jkurtze
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Vintage: 1997 11/27/2007

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External Reviews for Howell Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel Howell Mountain Black Sears Vineyard

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Vintage: 2004 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesIt is brilliant medium garnet, with bright cherry and berry scents laid over a base of roasted pepper and nutmeg aromas and deep, ripe fruit that evolves with time. On the palate, the wine shows its breed, with medium full body, classical structure and texture, and flavors of noble fruit and roasted chestnuts. It is superbly elegant and balanced.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 07/11/2007

The Black Sears Vineyard is one of the highest vineyards in Napa Valley on Howell Mountain at an elevation of 2400 feet. This is a beautifully structured Zinfandel, revealing intense, dark fruit, fresh truffle, and cocoa flavors. It finishes with soft, velvet covered tannins. Try this with a steak for an eye opening experience!



This year Howell Mountain Vineyards, in response to consumer demand, sought out mature Zinfandel vineyards in Napa Valley to blend with its Beatty Ranch and Black Sears Vineyard fruit. Renamed Bear & Lion, after the black bear and mountain lion that appear on the label (and sometimes in the vineyards), this Old Vine bottling combines the best characteristics of mountain fruit and grapes from lowland terraces. The 2005 vintage began with rain, then unusually hot weather in March kicked off the growing season. More rain in May kept the vines healthy and vigorous, delayed bloom and fruit set, and contributed to a large crop. The summer was mild, and by September, foggy mornings led growers and winemakers to squirm about ripening. But several days of temperatures over 90 ̊ at the end of the month got the harvest off and running. The wine itself is a brilliant medium ruby. Ripe, meaty and dark, it is the most intense Old Vine in years. Scents of cherry, spiced plum and clarified butter are supported by a deeper core of jammy fruit. On the palate, the wine is rich and concentrated, with chocolate and chestnut flavors and a long, smooth textured finish. It's wonderful now, but will continue to gain complexity in the bottle.

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