Aloft Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
Aloft Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label

Aloft Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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750ML / 15.5% ABV
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750ML / 15.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The family compiled a dream team capable of harnessing the vineyard's potential, by hiring Napa Valley's highly regarded vineyard manager, Jim Barbour and world-class winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. After years of collaboration with the singular focus of producing the finest Cabernet Sauvignon possible, the team is proud to release the inaugural vintage – the 2008 Aloft Cabernet Sauvignon.

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WE 94
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Peter Mondavi Sr. and his two sons, Peter Jr. and Marc have crafted a big, tannic and ageworthy wine. It’s packed with massive blackberry fruit, with the hard tannins and minerality common of Howell Mountain. Don’t even think of opening this before 2016; it should develop well beyond that.

Cellar Selection

WS 93
Wine Spectator
Big and rich, yet graceful and elegant, this features a subtle mix of cedar, tobacco, dark berry, mocha and espresso notes. Fine-grained tannins mark the long finish.
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Peter Mondavi Sr. and his sons, Marc and Peter Jr., have spent a lifetime in the vineyards growing grapes, tending the land, and learning everything there is to know about making great wines. The family most recently acquired Cold Springs Vineyard located in the rolling hills of Howell Mountain, Napa Valley. With over 100 feet in elevation variance and an array of soil characteristics, the family knew Cold Springs was destined to produce an ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon.
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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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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

SOU321758_2008 Item# 131269

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