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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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  • Retro Cellars Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 2011 Front Label
    Retro Cellars Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 2011
    Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • D-Cubed Cellars Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    D-Cubed Cellars Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
      La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Playwright Wines The Script Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
      Playwright Wines The Script Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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      • Playwright Wines Blackout Petite Sirah 2011 Front Label
        Playwright Wines Blackout Petite Sirah 2011
        Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
          Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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        • Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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          • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
            Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2011
            Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • Ladera Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
              Ladera Sauvignon Blanc 2011
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              • Lamborn Family The Diamond Anniversary Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                Lamborn Family The Diamond Anniversary Zinfandel 2011
                Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                • Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
                  Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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                  • Arkenstone Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
                    Arkenstone Sauvignon Blanc 2011
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                    • Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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                      • Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 2011 Front Label
                        Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 2011
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                        • W.H. Smith Piedra Hill Vineyard Bronze Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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                          • Abreu Vineyards Howell Mountain 2011
                            Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Beringer Bancroft Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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                            • Notre Vin Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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                                • Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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                                • Outpost Howell Mountain Grenache 2011 Front Label
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                                  • Bond Quella 2011 Front Label
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                                  • Spence Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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