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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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  • 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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  • White Cottage

    White Cottage Ranch is an organic, biodynamic estate vineyard and winery in the Howell Mt appella...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Summit Lake Vineyards & Winery

    Summit Lake Vineyards is known for its mountain grown Zinfandel. The winery also produces a small...

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Howell Mountain on Snooth

  • 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


  • Well, it's Sunday evening and time for dinner after spending 6 hours doing ... a lovely bottle of Paraduxx Howell Mountain 2010 Red Wine.  Everything is very tasty and the wine is exceptiona Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Hundred Acre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2006

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    A well made wine more in the Classic Bordeaux of France style. structure and balance with a bit too much oak em parting a more European feel to the wine.I live Melka, but prefer his other Napa efforts like Moone Tsai and Vineyard 29. Well made, but not my style. Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • BTW, Antinori bought some property on Atlas Peak with the idea he could grow Sangio there.  Didn't work very well, so they grafted over to, what else, Cab.  Atlas Peak generally hasn't carried the same weight as Howell, Veeder, Spring, Diamond and the other "mountain" sub-AVAs. Next big AVA will be Coombsville, where Meteor hails from.  It regul... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • ATF labeling laws.  They care where the grapes come from, not where it was ... grapes down from Atlas Peak, Howell Mountain and Pritchard Hill, unless there's a spot that's unsuited for grapes.  Why build a winery on, say, half an acre or so of land that you paid $1M an acre for because it's such great terroir?  Is it great terroir for pouring ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • It got better or worse depending on how you look at it. Fun time though. ... ... for me.'07 Sojourn CS Howell Mountain - Surprise showing of the night? In a sweet spot, great nose, crunchy fruit.'11 Myriad CS Beckstoffer Dr Crane - Always a winner, great depth, spice, infanticide.'12 Paix Sur Terre Mourvèdre - This was over the top for me kind... Read More

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  • All sounds good Fox, curious as to what you think of the D&R ... tonight ... tonight (O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain, Jordan!, and Thummerer from Hungary), not much CA Cab left after this.I'm staying tuned Mark, alway Read More

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  • Elizabeth Spencer Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

    Snoothrank:

    Light body with a beautifully balanced structure. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • "Well, Margaux is not an appellation,"Everybody is concerned about ... about ... Just as sure as Howell Mountain is an AVA."the producer name never comes before the appellation and never as larger type than the appellation."True in Burgundy (to the extent the appellation is in bigger type, but the wine name goes above the appellation, with th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New Quiz: What wine is this?


  • 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.....

    Comment by 676517winetastingtab 676517 winetastingtab


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