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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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  • Fleury Estate Winery Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
    Fleury Estate Winery Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2012 Front Label
      Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2012
      Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Bond Quella 2012 Front Label
      Bond Quella 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
      Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Outpost Howell Mountain Grenache 2012 Front Label
      Outpost Howell Mountain Grenache 2012
      Grenache from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
      Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
      Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
      Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2012
      Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Cresta Velia Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
      Cresta Velia Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Fleury Estate Winery BDX Reserve Blend 2012  Front Label
        Fleury Estate Winery BDX Reserve Blend 2012
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
          Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
          Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (stained labels) 2012  Front Label
          Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (stained labels) 2012
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