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Howell Mountain Wine Napa Valley, California

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Today Cabernet Sauvignon is the star of this part of Napa’s rugged, eastern hills, but Zinfandel was responsible for giving the Howell Mountain growing area its original fame in the late 1800s.

Winemaking in Howell Mountain was abandoned during Prohibition, and wasn’t reawakened until the arrival of Randy Dunn, a talented winemaker famous for the success of Caymus in the 1970s and 1980s. In the early eighties, he set his sights on the Napa hills and subsequently astonished the wine world with a Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Shortly thereafter Howell Mountain became officially recognized as the first sub-region of Napa Valley (1983).

With vineyards at 1,400 to 2,000 feet in elevation, they predominantly sit above the fog line but the days in Howell Mountain remain cooler than those in the heart of the valley, giving the grapes a bit more time on the vine.

The Howell Mountain AVA includes 1,000 acres of vineyards interspersed by forestlands in the Vaca Mountains. The soils, shallow and infertile with good drainage, are volcanic ash and red clay and produce highly concentrated berries with thick skins. The resulting wines are full of structure and potential to age.

Today Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah thrive in this sub-appellation, as well as its founding variety, Zinfandel.

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  • Hundred Acre Few and Far Between Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Few and Far Between Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Quella 2009 Front Label
    Bond Quella 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2009
    Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Merlot 2009 Front Label
    O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Outpost True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009  Front Label
      Outpost True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
      Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Hundred Acre Fortification 2009 Front Label
        Hundred Acre Fortification 2009
        Port from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
        Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
        Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
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        O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Dark Matter Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
        Dark Matter Zinfandel 2009
        Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Fleury Estate Winery Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009  Front Label
          Fleury Estate Winery Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Bond Quella (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
            Bond Quella (375ML half-bottle) 2009
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Cliff Lede Cinnamon Rhapsody Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
            Cliff Lede Cinnamon Rhapsody Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Abreu Vineyards Howell Mountain 2009 Front Label
            Abreu Vineyards Howell Mountain 2009
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
            Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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