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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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  • Outpost Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 2003 Front Label
    Outpost Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 2003
    Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Beringer Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2003 Front Label
      Beringer Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2003
      Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Pine Ridge Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
      Pine Ridge Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Turley Rattlesnake Petite Syrah 2003
        Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Turley Dragon Vineyard Zinfandel 2003  Front Label
        Turley Dragon Vineyard Zinfandel 2003
        Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Bravante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
          Bravante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Duckhorn Howell Mountain Merlot 2003 Front Label
            Duckhorn Howell Mountain Merlot 2003
            Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • Beringer Bancroft Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
              Beringer Bancroft Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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              • Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Red 2003 Front Label
                Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Red 2003
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                • Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003  Front Label
                  Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Summit Lake Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                    Summit Lake Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2003
                    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2003  Front Label
                      Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2003
                      Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                      • Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2003  Front Label
                        Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Robert Goodman Wines Beatty Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
                          Robert Goodman Wines Beatty Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
                            Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                            • Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
                              Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                              • Atlas Peak Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
                                Atlas Peak Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                                Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                                • Bremer Family Winery Austintatious Red 2003 Front Label
                                  Bremer Family Winery Austintatious Red 2003
                                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                                  • Robert Goodman Wines Polaris Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
                                    Robert Goodman Wines Polaris Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                                    • Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                                      Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2003
                                      Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                                      • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
                                        La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2003
                                        Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                                        • Bremer Family Winery Bremer Family Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
                                          Bremer Family Winery Bremer Family Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                                          • Bravante Vineyards Merlot 2003 Front Label
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                                            Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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