2008 Release Notes
The winery’s estate vineyard at nearly 2300 feet. Rich and intense, displaying classic Howell Mountain perfume and flavors of wild berry, pepper and warm spice. Fine-grained tannins for aging.
10-Year Retrospective Tasting Notes
Howell Mountain: Truly, there’s no place like Howell. The low yields in 2008 helped to make a wine of great concentration, but one that was slow to reveal itself. At last the 2008 Howell Mountain from our 9-acre estate vineyard is in full flight. The wine features firm but supple tannins to go with the explosive brambleberry fruit, ground white pepper, thorny underbrush and mocha. Most impressive is the full, supple mouthfeel and the long, intense finish. Treasure in the glass.
“The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a civilized wine from that high elevation appellation. Plum, anise, pepper, and wild mountain fruits are present in the moderately intense bouquet. In the mouth, this medium-bodied wine displays good fruit, elegance, and a savory quality, with nothing out of place. Impressively pure and nicely textured.”
Score: 90, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
, Dec. 2010
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||Sept. 24 - Oct. 14
||18 months in Chateau-style French oak, 75% new and 25% second year. Unfiltered and unfined.
Aroma: Intense, deep black currant and black cherry, intermixed with white pepper, a touch of anisette, fresh lavender and warm red stones.
Flavors: An elegant mélange of black cherry, mountain lavender, espresso bean and savory notes. Signature Howell Mountain pepper and spice enter on the mid-palate, followed by an invigorating minerality.
Finish: The dark fruit keeps evolving, enlivened by a bouquet of violets and iris, together with coffee bean and cola.
The rocky, red soils of Howell Mountain present a challenge to any winegrower as the vines struggle to produce each year. Over the last ten years our 9.5 acre Winery Estate Vineyard has yielded an average of 1.8 tons per acre. The shy bearing vines and slow ripening clusters lead to wines of great power, depth and complexity without the overripe qualities found often in new world wines. Our goal is to let the vineyard expression shine through in the finished wine.
Howell Mountain was the first appellation to be designated within Napa Valley in 1983, and with good reason. Starting at 1400 feet, the Appellation climbs to over 2300 feet, creating a magical slice of mountain terroir that boasts a moderate climate, superb volcanic soils and intensely flavored winegrapes. Grown atop Howell Mountain at nearly 2300' of elevation, our estate Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits the power, grace and nerve which make this AVA unique. Unfiltered and unfined. Decanting highly recommended.