2017 has brought some exciting changes to the Paravel universe. This June, master graftsman Salvador Preciado put his 40 years of experience to work on our home vineyard, chip grafting our 1,352 rootstock to Petite Sirah. We were mesmerized watching the expert movement of his nimble hands and his super-sharp knife. It was less like technical vineyard work and more like art. Salvador, indeed!
Speaking of art, we had another artist lend his talents to the Paravel vineyard in the making of a mural that overlooks the vines.
Alex Dunn, whose family name you may recognize, is a well-established young spray paint artist who happens to live just up the street from us. He turned our old pumphouse into a spectacular roadside art installation. As if Howell Mountain wasn’t pretty enough.
Howell Mountain is now the home of every Paravel vine, grape and barrel, since Jon moved our entire production to Spence Winery, right down the street from our house. And now that the 2015 vintage is out of barrels and into bottles, we’re glad to present it to you!
2015 Howell Mountain Henry Brothers Ranch Petite SirahCracked black pepper, vanilla cream and cinnamon stick over blackberry cobbler. An ultra-smooth entry glides into a hedonistic mid-palate. The succulent texture, with hints of clove, nutmeg and Earl Grey tea, expands as ripe black fruit ripples across the palate. Only 47 cases of this wine were produced, and will sell out fast! 6 bottle limit per household, please.
2015 Howell Mountain Henry Brothers Ranch Petite Sirah
Seductive black cherry, crushed cocoa nib and a smattering of brown sugar and sweet black licorice. A thick silk entry and melted milk chocolate and blackberry nectar mid-palate intensifies to a long, elegant, and structured finish of fig preserve, cherry bark, vanilla bean and a hint of molasses. You’ve been warned!
We are humbly grateful to be able to keep creating wines you love. Thank you. May 2017 continue to bring us all exciting changes,
Jon and Jaime Jones
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