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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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  • Beringer Rancho Del Oso Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Beringer Rancho Del Oso Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sbragia Rancho del Oso Cabernet Sauvignon 2001  Front Label
    Sbragia Rancho del Oso Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
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    • Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
      Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2001
      Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Beringer Howell Mountain Third Century Cabernet Franc 2001 Front Label
        Beringer Howell Mountain Third Century Cabernet Franc 2001
        Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Summit Lake Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
          Summit Lake Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2001
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          • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
            Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Elyse Zinfandel 2001  Front Label
            Elyse Zinfandel 2001
            Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • Beringer Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
              Beringer Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
              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
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            • Turley Rattlesnake Petite Syrah (torn label) 2001 Front Label
              Turley Rattlesnake Petite Syrah (torn label) 2001
              Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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              • Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
                Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
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                • Bravante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2001  Front Label
                  Bravante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Turley Pringle Family Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
                    Turley Pringle Family Zinfandel 2001
                    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                  • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2001 Front Label
                    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2001
                    Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Bravante Vineyards Merlot 2001 Front Label
                      Bravante Vineyards Merlot 2001
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                      • Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
                        Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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