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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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  • Bravante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
    Bravante Vineyards 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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      • 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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      • Outpost Howell Mountain Grenache 2004
        Grenache 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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          • Hundred Acre Fortification (OWC) 2004  Front Label
            Hundred Acre Fortification (OWC) 2004
            Port from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Bravante Vineyards Merlot 2004 Front Label
            Bravante Vineyards Merlot 2004
            Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • Beringer Bancroft Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
              Beringer Bancroft Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
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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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              • 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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                • 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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                  • 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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                  • Duckhorn Howell Mountain Merlot 2004 Front Label
                    Duckhorn Howell Mountain Merlot 2004
                    Merlot 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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                      • Hundred Acre Fortification 2004  Front Label
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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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                        • Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
                          Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
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                          • Spence Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004  Front Label
                            Spence Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
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                            • Robert Goodman Wines Polaris Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
                              Robert Goodman Wines Polaris Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
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                              • Bravante Vineyards Simpatico Meritage 2004 Front Label
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                                • Bremer Family Winery Bremer Family Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
                                  Bremer Family Winery Bremer Family Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
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                                  • Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                                    Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2004
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                                    • Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004  Front Label
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                                      • Elyse Zinfandel 2004  Front Label
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                                        Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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