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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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  • Roberts + Rogers Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Roberts + Rogers Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
      Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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    • Charles Krug Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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    • CADE Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2012 Front Label
      CADE Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon 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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    • Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
      Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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    • CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Prim Family Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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      • ADAMVS Quintvs 2012 Front Label
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      • TOR Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
        TOR Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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      • O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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      • Charles Krug Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Charles Krug Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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      • CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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      • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2012 Front Label
        Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2012
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      • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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      • Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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      • Robert Foley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Robert Foley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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      • Outpost True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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      • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2012 Front Label
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      • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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