2020 brought some hard knocks to our country, our globe and our community. As with winemaking, we harvest what the year brings us, give it our diligent attention to render it into something beautiful to share. Time at home during the pandemic forced us to be creative about keeping the good ship afloat, and who knew virtual tastings could be so fun?! The Glass Fire forced us out of our home, but Jon found ways to get back on the mountain practically every day, sometimes on foot or on his mountain bike when roads were closed. As fierce and close as the fire was, our home and our vineyards, the Arbiter and Disappearing Ink, were unburnt. The charred landscapes we see all around us serve as an everyday reminder of how lucky we are.
These shifts in perspective, elicited by wildfires locally, and flare-ups of injustice nationally, give us a distilled focus on what we hold dear and what we're willing to leave behind as we move forward. We share this vintage with you, pour a sip out for the ones we've lost, and raise a glass to the new year!
2020 Mendocino Poor Ranch Vineyards Rosé of Old Vine Zinfandel:
Orange cream candy & fresh ripe cantaloupe with hints of ruby red grapefruit, cinnamon and apricot. A sumptuous peach entry, frothy orange Julius mid-palate to a clean silk honeydew finish.
2020 Howell Mountain Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon:
Bright cherry cotton candy nose with fresh ginger and crushed stone. Succulent strawberry lemonade on the entry with ripe guava and papaya nectar to the finish.
2020 Sonoma Valley Rosé of Syrah:
Brambled raspberry, cherry juice and vanilla entice, with butter cookie icing and lime zest. A thirst-quenching, complex entry of shaved raspberry ice and passion fruit seamlessly glide to a mandarin orange juice finish.
2020 Howell Mountain Estate Rosé of Petite Sirah “THE ARBITER”:
Another pre-dawn family pick, another vintage exploding with flavor! Rich and ripe exotic guava, brilliant starfruit and wild strawberry, with hints of crushed grape candy. Full-bodied entry with extremely integrated mid-palate. A tangerine and honeycrisp apple finish finish leaves you thirsty for another sip!
Howell Mountain Proprietary Red Wine IV:
The "Prop Red" has now become an integral part of our program with continued focus on Howell Mountain quality at a ridiculous price. Oppulent blackberry and black cherry with layered milk chocolate, cocoa nib, leather and notes of cinnamon, cedar, and nutmeg. A gobsmacking velvet ganache entry with luscious wild strawberry, caramel and a long lasting cherry vanilla finish.
2019 Howell Mountain Zinfandel:
May we introduce the newest member to the Paravel family of wines? After many years of pursuing this 2,300 ft elevation vineyard, we are pleased to announce the arrival of this inaugural vintage. Rhubarb pie, strawberry and vanilla bean, with fresh and preserved fig, plum, and pop tarts. Blackberry entry, raspberry gelato with hints of cherry bark, sassafras, and clove. Only 38 Cases produced, first come-first served.
The olive harvest was shy this year, with some damage from the fires. Fortunately we made a fair amount last year and still have some to share. Supply is limited!
Our Wine Club is officially at full capacity. The waiting list is a promising prospect for securing an allocation of reds in the Fall, as availability may expand. Contact email@example.com to inquire.
Love to the Family,
Jon and Jaime Jones
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