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February 20, 2018
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February 20, 2018

RED THREAD Red Wine Blend  Howell Mountain, Napa Valley 2015  

Retail Price: $65

Value Rating: 2.7

Wine Factor: 2
Date Posted: February 20, 2018
Cases Produced: 150

Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 89

Good Value


This big, rich “Mountain Red” is 40% Zinfandel, 35% Petite Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. A sweet nose of black cherry compote, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla bean hits the tongue with firm tannins and lots of sweet, fruity extract. White pepper, lime zest, caramel and buttered wheat toast complement the rich, ripe fruit, which is definitely the star of the show. Young and a bit awkward at the moment…its best drinking is maybe two years out.

Red Thread is owned by Gretchen and Brian Brakesman. It’s all “Summit Lake Vineyard” Howell Mountain fruit, which Brian owns with his family. Red Thread is made by culling out preferred barrels from Summit Lake Vineyard production (which Brian makes). For what it’s worth to you, the package (bottle, label, label design, wax top) is very impressive – top notch.

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