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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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  • Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
      Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
      La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
      O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2011 Front Label
      Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2011
      Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Ledson Winery & Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
      Ledson Winery & Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
        Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Abreu Vineyards Howell Mountain 2011
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • QTR Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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        • Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
          Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 2011 Front Label
          Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 2011
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          • Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
            Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Bond Quella 2011 Front Label
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          • Abreu Vineyards Las Posadas Howell Mountain 2011  Front Label
            Abreu Vineyards Las Posadas Howell Mountain 2011
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          • Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2011
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          • Outpost True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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