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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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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  • Black Sears Winery

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

  • Lamborn Family Vineyards

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

  • Spence Vineyards

    This venture began with our passion for this place. We did not start the process the same way man...

  • Bravante Vineyards

    Bravante Vineyards is home to premium, estate-grown and produced Howell Mountain wines. With comm...

  • Outpost Wines

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

  • Armanino Family Cellars

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