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Howell Mountain Wine Napa Valley, California

Learn about Howell Mountain wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more...

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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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  • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2012
    Merlot 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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  • Charles Krug Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Charles Krug Howell Mountain 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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  • Arkenstone Obsidian 2012 Front Label
    Arkenstone Obsidian 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends 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 Cedarman Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Abreu Vineyards Howell Mountain 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Clark-Claudon Eternity Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
      Clark-Claudon Eternity Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Lail Mole Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Lail Mole Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
          Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
          Cabernet Sauvignon 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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            • Ledson Winery & Vineyards Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
              Ledson Winery & Vineyards Howell Mountain 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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              • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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              • Sbragia Hughes Vineryard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                Sbragia Hughes Vineryard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                • Summit Lake Sophia Lynn Petite Sirah 2012  Front Label
                  Summit Lake Sophia Lynn Petite Sirah 2012
                  Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2012 Front Label
                    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2012
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Spence Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                    Spence Vineyards 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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                    • Ledson Winery & Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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                      • Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Red 2012 Front Label
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                        • Bravante Vineyards Trio Claret 2012 Front Label
                          Bravante Vineyards Trio Claret 2012
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                        • W.H. Smith Piedra Hill Vineyard Bronze Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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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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