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Spence is the vineyard and wine owner's last name, and Marco DiGuilio makes the wine. Only 192 cases made. I dig the quintessential "Mountain Cab." Nose is anise, black pepper, semi-dried raspberries, currant and earth. Flavors hit with fruit like mulberry and blueberry. Tannins are ample yet fine. Expensive oak flavors emerge on the finish (sweet toasty oak, malt, vanilla bean...) Drinks quite nicely now with a half hour of deep breathing. Definitely better to cellar.
External Reviews for Spence Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
After just two vintages producing a Howell Mountain Cabernet, the folks at this tiny property have produced the best and most terroir-specific Cab in its short history. Winemaker Marco DiGiulio has blended the grapes from the Spence’s miniscule (one acre) vineyard and added some fruit from Dennis John’s White Cottage Vineyard next door. He manged to express the specific aromas and flavors that are inherent to Howell Mountain. Thus, we have a Spence Cabernet Sauvignon that exhibits minerality and slate from the soils and aromas of deliciously warm black fruit from the vines. Right now, that fruit is very sweet upfront but it opens to reveal a good structural backbone of fine-grained tannins and acidity. There’s some power here, as well as finesse. This is decidedly a mountain wine, so hold it for a couple of years and then drink it over the ensuing decade. The Spence vineyard, with its red volcanic soil at nearly 1,900 feet above the Napa Valley floor, has deeper soils than most other vineyards in the region. It has since been expanded to three acres. It’s situated on the knoll of a hill above a canyon that opens to the valley floor. Warm breezes create a convection effect that bathes the grapes in circulating air which is not felt a few hundred yards to either side of the vineyard. The wine was aged for 22 months in French barrels. The stated alcohol is 14.5 percent, and there were less than 200 cases produced.
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