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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 2015  Front Label
    Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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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 Few and Far Between Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1996 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1996
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Front Label
    Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Stout Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Duckhorn Stout Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    Beringer Rancho Del Oso Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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  • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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    Beringer Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
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    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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