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Howell Mountain Wine Napa Valley, California

Learn about Howell Mountain wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more...

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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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  • Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005  Front Label
    Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2005  Front Label
    Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2005
    Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • La Jota Heritage Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
    La Jota Heritage Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Outpost Petite Sirah 2005
      Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Beringer Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
        Beringer Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2005 Front Label
          Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2005
          Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Hundred Acre Fortification 2005  Front Label
          Hundred Acre Fortification 2005
          Port from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • TOR Mast-Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
            TOR Mast-Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
            Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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