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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 2009 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Clark-Claudon Eternity Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Clark-Claudon Eternity Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Merlot 2009 Front Label
      O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Merlot 2009
      Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Aiken Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
        Aiken Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Arkenstone Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Front Label
          Arkenstone Sauvignon Blanc 2009
          Sauvignon Blanc from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Cimarossa Vineyards Rian Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
            Cimarossa Vineyards Rian Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • Cliff Lede Cinnamon Rhapsody Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
              Cliff Lede Cinnamon Rhapsody Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
              CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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              • Bravante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
                Bravante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                • Johndrow Vineyards Cimarossa Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009  Front Label
                  Johndrow Vineyards Cimarossa Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Bond Quella (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
                    Bond Quella (375ML half-bottle) 2009
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Ladera Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Front Label
                    Ladera Sauvignon Blanc 2009
                    Sauvignon Blanc from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Howell at the Moon Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
                      Howell at the Moon Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                      • Paraduxx Canvasback 2009  Front Label
                        Paraduxx Canvasback 2009
                        Rhone Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Elyse Black-Sears Vineyard Zinfandel 2009  Front Label
                          Elyse Black-Sears Vineyard Zinfandel 2009
                          Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
                            Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2009
                            Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Bjorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
                            Bjorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                            • Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
                              Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
                              Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                            • Cimarossa Vineyards Riva di Levante Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
                              Cimarossa Vineyards Riva di Levante Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                              • Dark Matter Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
                                Dark Matter Zinfandel 2009
                                Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                                • Cimarossa Vineyards Rive di Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
                                  Cimarossa Vineyards Rive di Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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                                  • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2009 Front Label
                                    Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2009
                                    Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                                  • W.H. Smith Piedra Hill Purple Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
                                    W.H. Smith Piedra Hill Purple Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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                                    • Bravante Vineyards Trio Claret 2009 Front Label
                                      Bravante Vineyards Trio Claret 2009
                                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                                      • Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
                                        Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
                                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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