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2018 HOWELL MOUNTAIN, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2018 HOWELL MOUNTAIN, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

With elevations of 1,400 to 2,200 feet, Howell Mountain Cabernets are some of the most concentrated wines in the world. The shallow volcanic soils results in struggling vines, thus resulting in small clusters of tiny grapes. The smaller grapes have a higher skin-to-juice ratio resulting in more complex tannis, adding unique flavors throughout the wine. This elegant Limited-Edition Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon displays hints of cassis, spice, black currant, and cherry flavors. Excellent now but can age well for over a decade.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot
Appellation
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 29th, 2018
Acid
5.5 g/L
pH
3.72
Aging
20 months in Bordeaux French oak, 65% New Oak
Bottling Date
June 1st, 2020
Residual Sugar
DRY
Tannin
The shallow volcanic soils results in struggling vines, thus resulting in small clusters of tiny grapes. The smaller grapes have a higher skin-to-juice ratio resulting in more complex tannis, adding unique flavors throughout the wine.
Alcohol %
14.9
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This Limited-Release displays hints of cassis, spice, black currant, and cherry flavors.
Production Notes
High above the clouds with elevations of 1,400 to 2,200 feet, Howell Mountain Cabernets are some of the most concentrated wines in the world. The shallow volcanic soils results in the vines struggle to stay alive, thus resulting in small clusters of tiny grapes. The smaller grapes have a higher skin-to-juice ratio resulting in deeper-colored wine with higher tannin. Which results in more complex tannis, adding unique flavors.
Winemaker Notes
Winter provided a record-breaking rainfall - a welcome end to the 4-years of drought. Bloom and fruit set in May occurred under ideal conditions. Summer was warm but the vines weathered the heat well and maturity moved along at a steady pace. A short but intense heat wave during the first part of September brought brix levels up dramatically and winemakers waited for the pH, acids, flavor and color development in the grapes to catch up to sugar accumulation. The 2018 wine quality shows a lot of bright acidity and fresh varietal aromas in the white wines, and deep color, sweet fruit flavors. Looking like it will be another classic year! - Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
Production
Limited-Production

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