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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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  • O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Merlot 2004 Front Label
    O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Rattlesnake Petite Syrah  2004  Front Label
    Turley Rattlesnake Petite Syrah 2004
    Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Outpost Howell Mountain Grenache 2004  Front Label
    Outpost Howell Mountain Grenache 2004
    Grenache from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
      Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel (torn label) 2004 Front Label
        Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel (torn label) 2004
        Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Robert Goodman Wines Polaris Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
        Robert Goodman Wines Polaris Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Sbragia Rancho del Oso Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
          Sbragia Rancho del Oso Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2004  Front Label
            La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004  Front Label
              Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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              • Highlands Winery Zinfandel 2004  Front Label
                Highlands Winery Zinfandel 2004
                Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                • Bremer Family Winery Austintatious Red 2004 Front Label
                  Bremer Family Winery Austintatious Red 2004
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Beringer Bancroft Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
                    Beringer Bancroft Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Bremer Family Winery Bremer Family Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
                      Bremer Family Winery Bremer Family Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                      • Robert Goodman Wines Beatty Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
                        Robert Goodman Wines Beatty Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Bravante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
                          Bravante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Bravante Vineyards Simpatico Meritage 2004 Front Label
                            Bravante Vineyards Simpatico Meritage 2004
                            Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                            • Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                              Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2004
                              Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                              • Bravante Vineyards Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                                • Elyse Zinfandel 2004  Front Label
                                  Elyse Zinfandel 2004
                                  Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                                  • Spence Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004  Front Label
                                    Spence Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
                                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                                    • Duckhorn Howell Mountain Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                      Duckhorn Howell Mountain Merlot 2004
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                                      • Bravante Vineyards Trio Claret 2004 Front Label
                                        Bravante Vineyards Trio Claret 2004
                                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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