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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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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Fortification 2008 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Fortification 2008
    Port from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Abreu Vineyards Howell Mountain 2008 Front Label
    Abreu Vineyards Howell Mountain 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Quella 2008 Front Label
    Bond Quella 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Few and Far Between Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Few and Far Between Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dark Matter Zinfandel 2008  Front Label
    Dark Matter Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
      O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
      Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2008  Front Label
      Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2008
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Outpost The Other Petite Sirah 2008
      Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Outpost True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
        Outpost True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
        CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Fleury Estate Winery BDX Reserve Blend 2008  Front Label
        Fleury Estate Winery BDX Reserve Blend 2008
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
          Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Fleury Estate Winery Passionne Reserve Blend 2008  Front Label
          Fleury Estate Winery Passionne Reserve Blend 2008
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Aloft Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
            Aloft Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
            Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Paraduxx Canvasback 2008  Front Label
            Paraduxx Canvasback 2008
            Rhone Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • Howell at the Moon Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
              Howell at the Moon Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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              • Elyse Black-Sears Vineyard Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
                Elyse Black-Sears Vineyard Zinfandel 2008
                Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                • Lamborn Family Frosty Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
                  Lamborn Family Frosty Zinfandel 2008
                  Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Bjorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
                    Bjorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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