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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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  • 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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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2008 Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2008
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Cimarossa Vineyards Riva di Levante Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
      Cimarossa Vineyards Riva di Levante Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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      • Moone-Tsai Howell Mountain Hillside Blend 2008 Front Label
        Moone-Tsai Howell Mountain Hillside Blend 2008
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Arkenstone Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Front Label
          Arkenstone Sauvignon Blanc 2008
          Sauvignon Blanc 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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          • 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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            • Robert Foley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
              Robert Foley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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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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              • Lokoya Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
                Lokoya Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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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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                  • Howell at the Moon Vineyards & Winery Knoll Vineyard Reserve Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
                    Howell at the Moon Vineyards & Winery Knoll Vineyard Reserve Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Pina Napa Valley Buckeye Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
                      Pina Napa Valley Buckeye Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
                      Cabernet Sauvignon 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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                      • Luna Vineyards Merlot 2008 Front Label
                        Luna Vineyards Merlot 2008
                        Merlot 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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                        • Dark Matter Zinfandel 2008
                          Zinfandel 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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                          • Beringer Bancroft Ranch Vineyard Merlot 2008 Front Label
                            Beringer Bancroft Ranch Vineyard Merlot 2008
                            Merlot 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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                            • Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Red 2008 Front Label
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                              • Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
                                Black Sears Estate Zinfandel 2008
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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
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