2005 B. Shifrin Cellars Zinfandel


  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain
Drink between 2009 - 2014 (Edit)
CT89.7 52 reviews
Label borrowed from 2008
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Community Tasting Notes 34

  • bccdavid wrote: 90 points

    November 28, 2014 - Nice wine that's I've held back hoping it would get even better. Paired with the Thanksgiving meal and it did well. A little oak (but not too much), full of dark berry fruits.

  • mgl wrote: 90 points

    August 10, 2012 - a very good zin. Much better this time

  • NickP wrote: 89 points

    September 30, 2011 - Excellent Zin - I liked it better this time around than when I had the first bottle. Great spice paired with wonderful dark fruit. Perfectly ready for drinking, though it would probably be ok for a couple more years if stored properly.

  • awinejourney wrote: 90 points

    September 29, 2011 - Mouthwatering nose--tons of plum with some red cherries and some oak. Medium mouthfeel with a lengthy finish. Similar flavors on the palate as the nose. Not at all oaky with light tannins.

  • TCKM wrote: 90 points

    August 1, 2010 - Deep dark color. Beginning to integrate. Big mountain zin with no heat on the finish this time around. Very nice.

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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Thanksgiving Wine Episode, Episode #586, 11/27/2008 (link) No Score points

    (Shifrin Howell Mountain Zinfandel) (Also on Ep. #530); COLOR-dark; NOSE-just gorgeous cassis; ripping with blackberry jam & cassis; also very beautiful black & white pepper component; TASTE-this wine is getting better; the absolute gorgeous black fruit (blackberries, blueberries & huckleberries); very intense; very dark, but not over-oaked; getting the truthfulness of the good bright Howell Mountain fruit; quintessential textbook quality Zinfandel; great length; pure power; some great bitter dark bittersweet chocolate tannins; gives this some back-end dryness; will last 5-10 years easy; GV-No Score

  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Gary Tastes with Warnke and Shifrin, Episode #530, 8/29/2008 (link) No Score points

    (B. Shifrin Howell Mountain Zinfandel) #1; COLOR-dark; NOSE-good nose; a lot of dark fruit (dark blackberries & blueberries), intense; high levels of spice; black pepper; dark licorice; TASTE-this comes from a VERY good fruit source in Howell Mountain; this is really good; a hair too much heat on the finish, but should blow off; this is spectacular of wine; definitely worth the $27 bones; WS-99; GV-No Score

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer B. Shifrin Cellars
  • Varietal Zinfandel
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Howell Mountain

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 36 (18%)
  • Consumed 164 (82%)

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