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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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  • Turley Rattlesnake Petite Syrah 2000
    Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Pine Ridge Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Front Label
      Pine Ridge Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000  Front Label
      Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • White Cottage Ranch Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Front Label
        White Cottage Ranch Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Duckhorn Howell Mountain Napa Valley Merlot 2000 Front Bottle Shot
          Duckhorn Howell Mountain Napa Valley Merlot 2000
          Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Beringer Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Front Label
          Beringer Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Turley Pringle Family Zinfandel 2000 Front Label
            Turley Pringle Family Zinfandel 2000
            Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2000 Front Label
            La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2000
            Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • Summit Lake Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2000 Front Label
              Summit Lake Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2000
              Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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              • Beringer Bancroft Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Front Label
                Beringer Bancroft Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
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