2013 Beatty Ranch Zinfindel
This dry-farmed, old vine Zinfandel is located at 1800 feet elevation and is the source of the oldest Zinfandel vines on Howell Mountain. It’s a trek to get to them, but since they’ve been there since before World War I, it’s worth the trip— especially considering Mike Beatty has been a driving force of modern day Howell Mountain grape cultivation, helping to define and secure the sub-appellation status of the Howell Mountain AVA. The vines are head-trained and are spaced approximately 2m x 2m. The site enjoys long days of warm sunshine thanks to the high elevation that puts them above the Napa fog, but cool nights work to ensure a good level of acidity even at higher levels of ripeness. Wines made from this vineyard have telltale signs of pomegranate, juniper berry and muscular tannins found throughout the Howell Mountain AVA. Hands down–this is an incredible Zinfandel site.