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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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  • Outpost True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Outpost True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • CADE Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2012 Front Label
    CADE Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Quella 2012 Front Label
    Bond Quella 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Outpost Howell Mountain Grenache 2012 Front Label
    Outpost Howell Mountain Grenache 2012
    Grenache from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Roberts + Rogers Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Roberts + Rogers Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ladera Stile Blocks Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Ladera Stile Blocks Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
      Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2012
      Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Charles Krug Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Charles Krug Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
        Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
        CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
        Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2012
        Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
        Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2012
        Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Prim Family Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Prim Family Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Cimarossa Vineyards Riva di Levante Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
          Cimarossa Vineyards Riva di Levante Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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          • TOR Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
            TOR Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2012 Front Label
            Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2012
            Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • ADAMVS Quintvs 2012 Front Label
            ADAMVS Quintvs 2012
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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