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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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  • Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005  Front Label
    Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2005  Front Label
    Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2005
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2005  Front Label
    Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2005
    Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • White Cottage Ranch Ezivese Howell Mountain Sangiovese 2005 Front Label
    White Cottage Ranch Ezivese Howell Mountain Sangiovese 2005
    Sangiovese from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2005 Front Label
      Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2005
      Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Beringer Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
      Beringer Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Robert Foley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
        Robert Foley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
          Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2005 Front Label
            Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2005
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • TOR Mast-Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
            TOR Mast-Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
            Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Bravante Vineyards Trio Claret 2005 Front Label
            Bravante Vineyards Trio Claret 2005
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • Highlands Winery Zinfandel 2005  Front Label
              Highlands Winery Zinfandel 2005
              Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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              • Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
                Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2005
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                • Bravante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
                  Bravante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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                  • Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Red 2005 Front Label
                    Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Red 2005
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Bremer Family Winery Bremer Family Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
                      Bremer Family Winery Bremer Family Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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                      • Bremer Family Winery Merlot 2005 Front Label
                        Bremer Family Winery Merlot 2005
                        Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Water Mark Wine Blue Hall Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
                          Water Mark Wine Blue Hall Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                          • W.H. Smith Piedra Hill Vineyard Bronze Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
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                            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                            • Lamborn Family The Diamond Anniversary Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
                              Lamborn Family The Diamond Anniversary Zinfandel 2005
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                              • Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
                                Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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                                • Bremer Family Winery Austintatious Red 2005 Front Label
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                                  • Diamond Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
                                    Diamond Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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