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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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  • Highlands Winery Zinfandel 2002  Front Label
    Highlands Winery Zinfandel 2002
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
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      • Bremer Family Winery Austintatious Red 2002 Front Label
        Bremer Family Winery Austintatious Red 2002
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Turley Rattlesnake Petite Syrah 2002
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          • Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
            Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • Summit Lake Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
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              • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2002 Front Label
                La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2002
                Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                • Clark-Claudon Eternity Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
                  Clark-Claudon Eternity Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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                  • Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
                    Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2002
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                    • Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
                      Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Behrens & Hitchcock Ink Grade Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
                      Behrens & Hitchcock Ink Grade Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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                    • Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Red 2002 Front Label
                      Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Red 2002
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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