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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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Varietals Produced in Howell Mountain View all

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Armanino Family Cellars


  • Lamborn Family Vineyards

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

  • Black Sears Winery

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • For a marketplace perspective, here's a recent offering from BPWine. FWIW, ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain -- 2008  (3)WA96+   $335.00  Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain -- 2009  (3)WA98   $375.00  Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Thorevilos -- 2001 750mL  (1)WA100tl  $739.00  Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Thorevilos -- 2006 750mL  (1)... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • DM, let me start with your #2  Cult Napa Cabs.This thread got my curiosity ... Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain $507 Levy & McClellan Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $497 Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $493 Dana Estates Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford $490 Dalla Valle Vineyards Maya, Napa Valley ... Read More

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  • Cade Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Reserve 2012


    Milk and cream flavors. Very smooth, long finish. Read More

    Wine review by nancymar

  • Ctrl/DescriptonYearPricetotalOpus One1997300300Opus one1999300300Opus ... ... ... Red2010125125Hall's Howell Mountain2010160160Hall's Howell Mountain2011160160Hall's Bergfield Cab Sau2010200400Beringer Private Reserve Cab Sau2002125125Caymus Special select2005200200Castellana Montepul Ciano D'Abruzzo20079090Cakebread Merlot201050100Cakebread ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic larry2525

  • Comparing Randy Dunn 's Howell Mountain fruit to To Kalon's Oakville valley fruit is a bit of a stretch. Then there's the Dunn winemaking stye...I've had plenty of To Kalon wines on the young side and I can say one thing, they are never lacking. Sure they were young but they showed the parts that will make them shine brighter in years to come. F... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mx Cabernet Sauvignon...

  • Richard -- I'm curious, where did you purchase the White Cottage Howell Mountain Cabernet since the winery closed? Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • D, sold those off for lack of space.  All I really wanted to do was sneak ... ... x 1994 White Cottage Howell Mountain Cabernet (in magnum--a lowcost/low risk experiment buying older wine from a winery since sold.)1 x 2009 Mayacamas Mr. Veeder Cabernet (the last vintage under the old owners--a collectible Read More

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  • Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Wildfire39

  • v v, I have never tried an Insignia.  I do have one bottle in my ... to ... to the Insignia and a Dunn Howell Mountain.  No immediate plan to get to either of them, but, some day, when the mood hits me, . . . .I have a lot of respect for Phelps along with several other Napa producers that common folk can actually buy in their local retail stor... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Finally made it up to Stony Hill for a tasting, and came away impressed. First ... views in Napa, overlooking Howell Mountain. It was definitely interesting to try their Chardonnay, which doesn't go through malolactic fermentation (blocked!), but I was curious to try the rest of their lineup. Two big surprises there. One, the 2013 White Riesli... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Stony Hill, Napa

  • 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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