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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 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Pina Napa Valley Buckeye Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
      Pina Napa Valley Buckeye Vineyard 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
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        • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2005 Front Label
          La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2005
          Cabernet Franc 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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            • Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Red 2005 Front Label
              Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Red 2005
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              • Bravante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
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                • St. Clement Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
                  St. Clement Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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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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                  • Hundred Acre Fortification 2005  Front Label
                    Hundred Acre Fortification 2005
                    Port 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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                    • Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
                      Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Lokoya Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
                      Lokoya Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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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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                      • La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2005 Front Label
                        La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2005
                        Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Lamborn Family The Diamond Anniversary Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
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                          • Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
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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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                            • Bravante Vineyards Merlot 2005 Front Label
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                              • La Jota Heritage Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
                                La Jota Heritage Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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                                • Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
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                                  • Sbragia Rancho del Oso Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
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                                    • Water Mark Wine Blue Hall Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
                                      Water Mark Wine Blue Hall Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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