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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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  • White Cottage

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

  • La Jota Vineyards

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

  • Retro Cellars

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

  • Pina Napa Valley

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

  • Howell Mountain Vineyards

    Howell Mountain Vineyards was acquired in 2005 by Rutherford Bench LLC, which is owned by the Cho...

  • Bravante Vineyards

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

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  • 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


    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


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  • Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2013


    Nose of pencil eraser with a very complex flavor, not a typical zin. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Outpost Grenache Howell Mountain 2014


    Rhone varietal with deep variations of body. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • 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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