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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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Zinfandel

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

Popular Wineries in Howell Mountain View all

  • Bravante Vineyards

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

  • Armanino Family Cellars

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  • Pina Napa Valley

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

  • La Jota Vineyards

    Founded in the 1890s, La Jota Vineyard Co. overlooks Napa Valley from high upon Howell Mountai...

  • Summit Lake Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Retro Cellars

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

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Howell Mountain on Snooth

  • Mark, Carneros and Oak Knoll get most of the Napa mention for cooler weather (Pinot, Chard, Merlot), but I don't see any reason why Pritchard Hill would be any less, it probably carries an elevation along with it. For that matter, any mountain site in Napa with elevation such as Howell or Mt. Veeder would be interesting, but the opportunity cost... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zelma Long Article


  • Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon Rian Vineyard 2010

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    needs to stay in bottle 2 more years the first taste of flavors is way to strong Read More

    Wine review by wayne094


  • We had a couple of fellow wine lovers (Debbie & Rick) over for a most ... ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain in Napa Valley.  With that one consumed, we went back and finished off their 2005 Ramey.  It seemed that time just flew by (wine will do that to you) and before you knew it they had been here five hours and we had consumed... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Luna Vineyards White Blend Napa Valley Lunatic White 2011

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    Tart white with notes of grapefruit. Odd aroma Paired with salad. Read More

    Wine review by AliciaB9


  • Also CU...if and when you get to Napa, a good AVA to explore there is Howell Mountain. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs


  • Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2005

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    Slightly disappointing It took a while to open, which improved the wine.....But ... for the price. Not typical Howell Mountain. Not much of a nose and a tad bit too much wood....almost a musty European style nose. The wine almost tasted like a Zin Cab hybrid. The tannins softened after an hour, and it was a decent bottle of wine....But not wo... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Hey, OT, that sounds like a fun dinner.  I remember the comments you made ... a whim--Retro Cellars 2009 Howell Mountain Petite Sirah.  I had never heard of Retro Cellars, and, as is my occasional wont put it in my basket because I don't know why.  Anyway, I have now learned that the maker Mike Dunn is the son of Randy Dunn.  I am now getting ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Dancing Bear Ranch 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by REHalFR


  • Moone Tsai Howell Mountain 2009

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    Good ripe nose and some nice red fruits! Finish didn't last as long as I would ... ... wonderful wine from he Howell Mountain AVA! Cheer Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by c3inoc


  • 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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