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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Howell Mountain View all

  • Retro Cellars

    Retro Cellars was founded in 2003 when Mike and Kara Dunn, natives of the Napa Valley wine indust...

  • Outpost Wines

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

  • Bravante Vineyards

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

  • Armanino Family Cellars


  • Lamborn Family Vineyards

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

  • Pina Napa Valley

    Our family's history of making and growing wine in the Napa Valley stretches back to our great gr...

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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


    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

    Wine review by zinfandel1

  • Retro Cellars Petite Sirah Howell Mountain Old Vine 2009


    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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  • Suduirat can be had for quite a bit less, but, yeah, that's a nice old ... ... or search around for a Dunn Howell Mountain with a little age on it.&nbs Read More

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  • Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2012Bodegas LAN Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011Depending on where you go you may be able to puchase items 1&2 or items 2&3 for under $150.  Read More

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  • Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    Intriguing nose, full bodied, tannins a bit tight and definitely age worthy. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Outpost Petite Sirah Howell Mountain the Other 2013


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  • Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


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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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