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. The wine finishes long and lifted, and begs for a second sip… and before you know it, the bottle is gone. Enjoy now with at least a 30-minute decant, or lay it down and enjoy over the next decade.


Awards & Accolades

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"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.

- JT, April 2016

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"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.

- Viginie Boone, November 20, 2015

90 points, The Tasting Panel

"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."

- Anthony Dias Blue

91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"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." 

- Viginie Boone, November 1, 2014

90 points, The Tasting Panel

"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."

- Anthony Dias Blue

Double Gold Medal

- 2014 American Fine Wine Competition

90 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

As big as you expect a Howell Mountain Zin 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 Zindandel."

- Steve Heimoff, November 1, 2013

90 points,Food & Beverage World

"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 Cab drinker's Zin."

- Jason Barlow