Clif Family Winery

2013 'Gary’s Improv' Howell Mountain Zinfandel

Zinfandel •Summit Lake Vineyard

California: Napa Valley: Howell Mountain

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Today’s Clif Family Winery 2013 ‘Gary’s Improv’ Howell Mountain Zinfandel comes from the beautiful Summit Lake Vineyard, which sits 2000’ above the floor of California’s Napa Valley.

This is the winery’s flagship Zin. It is a rich, extracted wine with plenty of fruit and characteristic spice.

Dark and fruit-filled on the nose, with blackberry, black cherry, plum, cassis, cranberry, mixed spice, sweet tobacco and black pepper. Darkly juicy on the palate, with rich plum jam, blackberry preserve, cedar, briar patch, dried fall leaves, sweet tobacco, spice box and black pepper.

Napa Valley’s Howell Mountain AVA, established in 1984, is known for its wines of deep concentration and intensity. The higher elevation and relatively flat aspect make the location great for Zinfandel vineyards. The first vines in the Howell Mountain area were planted in the 1880s.

The Summit Lake Vineyard, where today’s wine was born, was founded by Bob and Sue Brakesman in 1971. The winery’s 13 acres produce highly prized Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and - most notably - Zinfandel.

These are the final cases of this wonderful wine, so please reserve yours quickly - before we run out.

Cheers!


Remember, we offer FREE Temperature-Controlled shipping during the hot summer months. Add optional ice packs if your local area is hot, and your wine will arrive in great condition!

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Tasting Profile

Look:

Darkest ruby hues, with a deep and slightly opaque center. At the edge, glinting ruby. Skinny tears move slowly down the glass wall after a good swirl.

Smell:

Blackberry, black cherry, plum, cassis, cranberry, mixed spice, sweet tobacco and black pepper.

Taste:

Plum jam, blackberry preserve, cedar, briar patch, dried fall leaves, sweet tobacco, spice box and black pepper.

Finish:

Extra long, with fine to medium tannins ramping up on the palate, drying as it goes.

Pairing:

Enjoy this one with your favorite BBQ, a plate of meaty pasta, or with a juicy plate of sauce-covered riblets.

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Laura Barrett
Varietal
Zinfandel
Vintage
2013
Appellation
Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
Abv
15.7%
Aging
20 months
Barrels
20% new French Oak
Harvest Date
October 29th, 2013
Release Date
June 2016
Production
450 cases

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Sep 07, 2016 at 11:59 pm
$38.00
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