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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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  • D-Cubed Cellars Black Sears Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2010 Front Label
    D-Cubed Cellars Black Sears Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2010
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
      La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
      Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Quill Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
      Quill Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Clark-Claudon Eternity Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
        Clark-Claudon Eternity Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Arkenstone Obsidian 2010 Front Label
          Arkenstone Obsidian 2010
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • La Jota W.S. Keyes Merlot 2010 Front Label
            La Jota W.S. Keyes Merlot 2010
            Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • Pestoni Howell Mountain Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  Front Label
              Pestoni Howell Mountain Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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              • Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
                Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                • St. Clement Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
                  St. Clement Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Bjorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
                    Bjorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Cimarossa Vineyards Riva di Ponente Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
                      Cimarossa Vineyards Riva di Ponente Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                      • Paraduxx Canvasback 2010  Front Label
                        Paraduxx Canvasback 2010
                        Rhone Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
                          Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
                          Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Moone-Tsai Howell Mountain Hillside Blend 2010 Front Label
                          Moone-Tsai Howell Mountain Hillside Blend 2010
                          Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Ladera Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Front Label
                            Ladera Sauvignon Blanc 2010
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                            • Bond Quella 2010 Front Label
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                              Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                            • O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
                              O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                            • Outpost True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
                              Outpost True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                            • Spence Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
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                              • Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  Front Label
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                                • Bravante Vineyards Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Front Label
                                  Bravante Vineyards Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010
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                                  • Abreu Vineyards Howell Mountain 2010  Front Label
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                                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                                  • Bravante Vineyards Reserve Red 2010 Front Label
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