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Unlike the pending Calistoga AVA the Howell Mountain AVA not only exists but also was the first AVA to be carved out of the Napa Valley appellation, way back in 1984. Roughly centered around the town of Angwin and stretching north to south some 12 miles or so, it roughly parallels the range of the Diamond and Spring Mountain districts This western facing AVA hugs the Vaca Mountain range that forms the eastern edge of the valley and benefits from the long hours of afternoon sun it receives. The great exposure of the vineyards is more important here than anywhere else in the valley as these rolling vineyards, concentrated between 1200 and 2200 feet above sea-level, are surprising cool, with daytime highs frequently 10 degrees lower than the valley floor. These lower temperatures lengthen the growing season and allow for valued hang time. The key to the wines here is the slowed down maturation cycle which allows the grapes to ripen in tune with the tannins, and yet retain naturally balanced acidity. The Read more »

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  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Howell Mountain Vineyards

    Howell Mountain Vineyards was acquired in 2005 by Rutherford Bench LLC, which is owned by the Cho...

  • Lamborn Family Vineyards

    The first "Family Vineyard" label in California, Lamborn Family Vineyards was established in the ...

  • Outpost Wines

    Situated high atop Howell Mountain, 2,200 feet above the floor of the Napa Valley, it's easy t...

  • Black Sears Winery

    The Black Sears vineyard lies nestled among hundreds of acres of wild oak forests at the top of H...

  • Viader Vineyards & Winery

    VIADER's vineyards and winery are located on the steep rocky slopes of Howell Mountain in the ...

  • Cornerstone Cellars

    vineyard, vintage, & variety OUR THIRD DECADE OF EXCELLENCE EXCELLENCE IS NOT ENOUGH. We ha...

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  • RBA-I believe I paid around $50. Yes $85, is a bit steep. Make sure it was the ... the simple Cab and not the Howell Mountain as those are in the $75-$90 range. (I'm going off memory....)EM-The race was awesome filled with a lot of ups and downs for many team. As the sayings go: NEVER GIVE UP!!! KEEP CHIPPING AWAY!!! &nbs Read More

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  • Here's an offer from another vendor on that list. Lots of mouthwatering ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain -- 1993 750mL  (10)WA95, AG93crk wax  $135.00  Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley -- 1995 750mL  (9)WA94   $95.00  Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley -- 1993 750mL  (8)WA93   $95.00  Grace Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon -- ... Read More

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  • Ah, a very nice day here in Northern Virginia.  It got up to 70 F by late ... nice bottle of 2010 Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon in the decanter.  Steak will be my choice, and Sandra will grill a piece of Salmon.  Life is very goo Read More

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  • You aren't kidding. '87 was not a very good vintage. Here in Napa I ... ... with stalwarts like:Dunn Howell MountainChateau Montelena EstateDiamond Creek LakeStill it's a crapshoot.Maybe a Barolo. Like a Coterno Riserva Monforti Read More

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  • Last Saturday we hosted another wine dinner with our neighbors (Rick & ... ... ...  The Duckhorn 2009 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon was the last bottle opened and at this point I was not able to appreciate it's fine taste.   We talked about their recent Italian vacation and the wonderful food they were served.  Also a topic was the elect... Read More

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  • VV-That Cab sounds like a winner in my playbook!I hit a double with a 2011 Ladera Cab from Howell Mountain. Decanted for 30 minutes. Nice black fruit on the nose that continued to get better and evolve. Blackcherry/Blackberry, some currant, medium body, medium to long finish. Solid wine especially for a 2011, but nothing spectacular for the pric... Read More

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  • Viader Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley V 2005

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    So fresh and elegant. Gorgeous red color. Not much sediment. Not much on the nose. Upon tasting I picked up dark fruits in the background. Tannins were still there but light to medium. The finish was medium. The freshness of this 11 year old wine was remarkable. Read More

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  • Retro Cellars Petite Sirah Howell Mountain Old Vine 2009

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    Dark plum color in the glasswell duh, its Petite Sirah. Nose suggests plum, but the color may have subverted my nose. Light fruit on entrycurrant, blackberryvery light fruit. Some tarriness under mid-palate. Quite light on tannin and acid. I guess I could describe it as balanced since no one dimension dominates. Very easy on the rear palate... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • D, we went down to Joshua Tree over spring break, came back via Diamond Bar ... ... and that awesome Dunn Howell Mountain that we drank, not to mention some better than perfection Sauternes).  Part of the trip was devoted to checking out some colleges for our older daughter on the early end of things.  We did check out the Claremonts, with so... Read More

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  • If you must.https://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Item/5729531/2003-Dunn-Howell-Mountain-Cabernet-Sauvignon Read More

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  • I was just there this past weekend (Dec. 11, 2010). Tasted at Burgess, Viader and Pine Ridge. Bought a magnum of at Viader. Got to sample a 1996 Cab at Burgess. Fell in love with the Cave tasting room experience at Pine Ridge.....

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