Howell Mountain Old Vine Zinfandel

Old Vine Zinfandel

Our "Old Vine" Zinfandel derives from 100+ year-old vines and is clearly proud to be a Zinfandel as it leaps from the glass with heady aromas of wild raspberries, black plum, cherry cola, baking spices, cloves, and cracked pepper. Typically, it's a medium bodied wine with bright acidity and dusty tannins this shows wonderful aging potential as this Zinfandel blossoms with ample time in the glass - gathering palate weight and rounging out seamlessly. Enjoy now with at least a 30-minute decant, or lay it down and enjoy over the next decade.


92 points - Briary wild berry aromas open to complex, well-structured flavors of blackberry, licorice and cracked pepper. The tannins are big, but fleshy and ripe. Drink now through 2024.
— Wine Spectator, JT, April 2016
90 points - Sourced from vines that date back more than 100 years on the Beatty Ranch, this wine is appropriately robust, a big, syrupy concentration of baked blackberry and plum. Soft in tannins and structured, it finishes with a complexity of vanilla and black cherry.
— Wine Enthusiast, Viginie Boone, November 20, 2015
90 points - Aromas of blackberries, cherries, and plums mingle with hints of white pepper, vanilla, and cola on the nose. A sip delivers flavors of bramble fruit, cherry, and plum that flow into traces of spice, earth, and toasty vanilla. A plush red with lively highlights, enjoy a bottle with a cheddar burger.
— The Tasting Panel, Anthony Dias Blue
91 points - Fruitty and juicy in blackberry cherry, this mountain-grown Zin has soft, integrated tannins and a backbone of spiciness, white pepper mostly, and dark black licorice, that winds its way through the finish.
— Wine Enthusiast, Viginie Boone, November 4, 2014
90 points = Juicy and fresh with spice, tangy cherry and cassis and good acid structure; balanced and fresh with snappy acidity and lively style; long and bright.
— The Tasting Panel, Anthony Dias Blue
90 points - As big as you expect a Howell Mountain Zinfandel to be, offering rich, deep blackberry, currant, chocolate, licorice, bacon and cedar flavors that are seet and dry at the same time. It’s not just powerful in flavor, it’s wonderful in structure, with refined tannins and balancing acidity. A minor criticism in some heat from alcohol, but that’s the nature of ripe Zinfandel.
— Wine Enthusiast, Steve Heimoff, November 1, 2013
90 points - Aromas of boysenberries, cherries, blackberries mingle with suggestions of anise and clove on the nose. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, and black cherry come together with notes of walnut and sweet spice on the palate. A rich, supple wine that will pair nicely with food now or age well in the cellar, it’s a Cabernet drinker’s Zinfandel.
— Howell Mountain Vineyards, Jason Barlow