Angwin Estate Vineyards
Angwin Estate Vineyards is a tiny micro-boutique estate in the Howell ...
Angwin Estate Vineyards is a tiny micro-boutique estate in the Howell Mountain appellation of the Napa Valley in California. The vineyard is relatively unique, as the exposure is northeast and overlooks the north end of Pope Valley to the east, rather than the Napa Valley to the west. The high altitude and northeastern exposure mean cooler temperatures and lower cumulative heat during the growing season. Angwin Estate’s high altitude site is 18% cooler than To Kalon, 25% cooler than Rutherford, and slightly cooler than some places in the Carneros appellation which is right on the San Pablo Bay. The cooler weather leads to wines of subtle complexity with floral aromas, bright fruit, crushed herbs, pipe tobacco, leather, graphite, petrichor, and refined well-integrated tannin.
Jon Larson lives on the property, farms the small vineyard, and makes the wine at a custom crush facility in Napa where he acts as his own winemaker. He grew up on the property when it was forest, leaving home to study molecular genetics at Princeton. After a career in surgery and cardiac surgery, he returned home to pursue his passion. Most of the farming is done by hand using organic and biorational methods with each vine being touched 10-25 times depending on the season. It is a family affair with his wife and occasionally his young sons getting in on the act. Seasonal labor is used for larger, time-sensitive tasks. Winemaking concentrates on allowing fruit from a special place its own expression. Prior to bottling, all barrels are tasted and only the best of the best are selected for inclusion in the Angwin bottling.
The resulting wines have been described as ‘a tip of the hat to Bordeaux from Howell Mountain’ and will really please consumers who miss ‘old school’ Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Fans of Corison, old vintages of Dunn, and Togni will really appreciate these wines.
Angwin Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California