2007 Howell Mountain Zinfandel
California: Napa Valley: Howell Mountain
From winemaker Duane Dappen, today’s high elevation Zinfandel is an elegant and flavor-loaded Zin. Not as over-ripe or over-driven as some of its Howell Mountain Cabernet brethren, this Zinfandel is actually more elegant than some of the high-dollar cabs that hail from this region.
Mister Dappen has had an illustrious career, having honed his craft at Rombauer, Frank Family Winery, Bravante Vineyards and Stone Ridge Vineyard. Duane is known in the wine trade as The ZinMaster, a moniker that is so well-deserved.
Today’s 2007 D-Cubed Cellars Howell Mountain Zinfandel is a truly excellent wine and we offer it to you with our very hearty recommendation. Duane Dappen continues to impress us with excellent wine after excellent wine, and we are just thrilled to be able to bring you his latest Zinfandel.
Today’s Howell Mountain Zinfandel is unique in that it is one of the few Zinfandels to come from this mostly-Cabernet Sauvignon growing region. In fact, many Zinfandel plantings are being ripped out, in favor of the more profitable Cabernet Sauvignon.
2007 wines have been selling like hot-cakes (Robert Parker gave the vintage a decade-shattering 96 Points), and today’s 2007 clearly shows why; wines from this vintage are almost universally astounding.
Zin fans, please don’t miss out on this fantastic wine.
Pretty and perfectly clear, through the dark ruby hues, this wine shows perfectly even coloration, from core to edge.
Perfumed and lively, with dried dark flowers, black currant, dried blueberry, dried mission fig, cinnamon stick, clove and dried fall leaves.
Dark dried blackfruits, dried dark rose petals, nasturtium flower, dried fig, plum, dark cedar, black pepper and a hint of baking spice.
Long and dark, with black fruits gradually yielding to spice and a hint of graphite.
Enjoy this dark and woodsy Zinfandel with an herb rubbed roasted chicken or more exotic game fowl.