1981 Howell Mountain Claret

1981 Howell Mountain Claret

Wine Information

68% Zinfandel, 24% Petite Sirah




Howell Mountain, Napa County

Vintage Notes

The old vines at the Park-Muscatine Vineyard on Howell Mountain represent a field blend of varieties that typically make up what is called a zinfandel claret at the turn of the century. in 1981, the grapes ripened very fully and the wine shows the effect of its natural yeast fermentation and twenty-one months in small oak cooperage. It will need several years to develop fully and will benefit from decanting just prior to serving. PD (9/83)


Begun in 1959, Ridge was one of the first of today’s chateau-size California wineries, that is, those that attempt only the highest quality at the quality levels of the classified chateaux (up to 40,000 cases). All the wines are aged in small oak cooperage with the majority receiving no cellar treatment other than racking. Located above 2300 feet on the Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, our winery and main vineyards overlook San Francisco Bay.

Consumer Tasting Notes

Average Rating: NR

No. of Tasting Notes: 2

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