Pine Ridge Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
from Napa Valley, California
ORIGIN: The impressive and powerful 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley - Howell Mountain features a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, and 2% Malbec. The firm tannins and concentration of hillside grown fruit are hallmarks of this complex, intense and elegantly balanced wine.
VINEYARD: The vineyard is located on a steep hillside at the 2,000 ft. elevation on Howell Mountain, a small, unique appellation in northeastern Napa Valley.
WINEMAKING: The grapes were hand harvested in mid-October 1999 and macerated on the skins for 23 days. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in the barrel and was aged for 18 months in new heavily-toasted French oak barrels. The wine was neither fined nor filtered before bottling in June of 2001.
TASTING NOTES: A toasty, briary character complements the black ripe fruit flavors of this full bodied Cabernet. Massive with velvety tannins and a distinctively long finish accented by dark chocolate and tobacco aromas, this Cabernet may be enjoyed now or cellared for at least 15 years.
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