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BTI: 94  
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Summit Lake 2010 Estate, Zinfandel, Howell Mountain, Napa Vly.

Item Number: 25 20 201 10

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An incredible find! When we first tasted this it was unanimous. One after another we all said Wow!! Summit Lake Vineyards was founded by Bob and Sue Brakesman in 1971. They produced their first commercial vintage in 1978 – a Zinfandel and it won a double gold medal at the California State Fair. The winery is truly a family affair – Bob manages the vineyards with the help of his sons – and is the winemaker. Howell Mountain was Napa’s first sub appellation – gaining it’s status in 1983 (same year as Carneros). Along with Bill Smith, Randy Dunn, Mike Beatty and Bob Lamborn, Bob was one of the founding vintners who laid the groundwork to creating the Howell Mountain AVA. Summit Lake focuses on producing hand crafted small production Estate grown red wines including Zinfandel (for a small handcrafted wine – these are some of the most affordable to quality ratio Zinfandels in the Napa area). The vineyards are above 2,000 feet above sea level making them and some of their neighbors among the higher vineyards in Napa County. Above the fog line, these vineyards are bathed in sunshine all day long but are tempered by the high altitude. This 2010 was a remarkable success in a cool vintage that allowed long hang time for the grapes to take on lots of complex nuance. Additional bottle age has softened mouthfeel to a silky richness. Beverage Testing Institute scored this 94 points saying "Ruby black color. Lively, fruity aromas of huckleberry jam, candied violets, and bourbon barrel with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, long toffee, mocha creme brulee, cedar, and minerals finish with silky chewy tannins and light oak. A superbly rich and flavor-packed old school zin with lots of stuffing." We're offering this dynamite Zin to our Wine Express customers at tremendous savings but it's extremely limited so don't wait!!

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Great Vintage, Great Region, Insane Value!
Coming from the 2010 vintage and the esteemed Howell Mountain AVA I had high hopes for this Zin and it certainly delivered! It is a beautifully layered, big red that had me going back for more. Amazing value for the price!
July 24, 2017

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