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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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  • Retro Cellars Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 2013  Front Label
    Retro Cellars Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 2013
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    • Dunn Petite Sirah (chipped wax capsule) 1992  Front Label
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    • Outpost Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 2003 Front Label
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      • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2012 Front Label
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      • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2009 Front Label
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      • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2015 Front Label
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      • Dunn Petite Sirah 1995  Front Label
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        • Dunn Petite Sirah 1994  Front Label
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          • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2014 Front Label
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          • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2017  Front Label
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          • Turley Rattlesnake Petite Syrah 2000
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            • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2013 Front Label
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            • Turley Rattlesnake Petite Syrah  2004  Front Label
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            • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2016 Front Label
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              • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2005  Front Label
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                • Retro Cellars Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 2011 Front Label
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                • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2011 Front Label
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                • Outpost The Other Petite Sirah 2008
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                  • Outpost The Other Petite Sirah 2012  Front Label
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                  • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2007 Front Label
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                  • Turley Rattlesnake Petite Syrah (torn label) 2001 Front Label
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                    • La Jota Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 1997 Front Bottle Shot
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                    • Goosecross Howell Mountain Vineyard Petite Sirah 2013 Front Label
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