Robert Craig Black Sears Vineyard Howell Mountain Napa Zinfandel 2014 Rated 94W&S

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Rated 93
Joyce Black and Jerre Sears moved to Howell Mountain in 1979, settling at a ranch on a northeast-facing ridge where zinfandel had been planted in 1975. Robert Craig established a neighboring winery on the ridge in 1998, where Elton Slone and his team began making a Black Sears Zinfandel in 2006. Presented with the dense extract and rich new oak to parallel the ambitions of a Napa Valley cabernet, this succeeds in a grand and powerful style. The fruit is expansive enough that it subsumes the oak influence into its volcanic minerality, bringing to mind obsidian as the grape-skin tannins add a glint of tension to the finish. Scents of roses and bay laurel provide detail within the wine's depths. This has decades of development ahead.

Wine Tasting Notes
Black Sears Vineyard is located just past the gate of our Howell Mountain winery, sandwiched between our two Howell Mountain Estate Vineyards. As always, Black Sears produced something quite spectacular in 2014. Though it was yet another drought year, 2014 was marked by being somewhat unremarkable, in that everything happened like clockwork – budbreak, flowering, fruit set, shoot growth and veraison – all right on time. The 2014 shows what Zin can do on Howell Mountain; it's extremely dense, with great power and depth.
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