Started in 1983 by two prominent Howell Mountain vineyard owners, Howell Mountain Vineyards and its wines have been an integral part of the emergence and development of this AVA in the wine industry. Today, led by Mike Beatty, grower of the famed Beatty Ranch, Howell Mountain Vineyards continues to focus on quality in the vineyards while embracing bioharmonic principles.

                                   

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Howell Mountain

Vintage Notes

Our 2012 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, the granddaddy of the portfoilo, beautifully reects the amazing bounty and quality of the vintage. Dark and rich, this Cabernet Sauvignon reveals an outstanding bouquet of ripe blackberries, plums, crème de cassis, cherry cola, sweet tobacco, and dried herbs. Full bodied and luxuriously textured, this wine is wonderfully smooth and plush on the palate but powerful all at once. The wine nishes long and velvety, with vibrant dark fruits leaving a lasting impression. It’s hard to keep away from now, as this wine is already showing very well, but those who wait will be rewarded tenfold.

Tasting Notes

The 2012 vintage in Napa will go down as one of the best vintages in recent history. With near-ideal spring bud break and steady powering producing an even fruit set, the 2012 vintage provided a near record crop with high quality fruit. A lengthy stretch of warm days and cool nights during the long summer months produced fruit with a nice balanced structure and acidity. This growing season lead to beautifully complex ripe fruit, and is clearly exhibited in our wines from 2012.

Winemaking Philosophy

Our belief is to focus on making wine “in the field” and let the unique terroir of Howell Mountain come through in every bottle. Striving for balance with regards to alcohol, pH, and oak treatments, our winemaker employs a minimal interventionist philosophy, taking full advantage of the distinctive terroir and the natural factors that make the Howell Mountain Appellation so unique. Minimal use of only fine French oak barrels is utilized in the winemaking process only to support the wine and not to distract from the unique Howell Mountain characteristics. We embrace proven, old-world winemaking methods, using native yeast, natural secondary fermentation, and minimal racking with no fining or filtering to help insure that the true Howell Mountain terrior is expressed in ever glass.

Awards & Accolades

93pt-01 Wine Enthusiast

This is a beautifully lush, plush and structured mountain wine, layered in tensely focused raspberry, clove and vanilla. Surprisingly velvety, with soft, integrated tannins, it bursts in black pepper that lasts on the palate, inviting steak au poivre to join in. Drink now through 2020."

 

- Virginie Boone, July 1, 2016

                      Winemaker: Bryan Kane                                  Appellation: Howell Mountain

                      Alcohol: 14.5%                                                 Case Production: 250     

                                     Suggested Retail Price: $75.00

                                                                           

                                   

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon - Limited

Howell Mountain

Vintage Notes

A relatively cool growing season with the several heat spikes in late summer resulted in a late harvest with lower yields. We were excited about what we tasted from the vineyards as it exhibited much more elegant fruit with balanced acidity which would lead to much more structured wines like that of the Bordeaux region. We harvested the grapes in late October, just before three days of rain, allowing the fruit to hang on the vine longer as the firm skin tannins of the younger grapes began to lighten and resolve on the vine. We utilized mostly old vine Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon from Beatty Ranch, providing classic, old-world complexity and structure.

Tasting Notes

In the glass, the wine exhibits a medium-dark color with a slight purple hue with bouquets of red fruit in the nose with subtle notes of anise and black cherry colacommonly found in Howell Mountain fruit. On the palate, black currant and raspberry notes dominate the fruit while supported by subtle tannins and spice that provides an elegant, balanced mouthfeel. In the finish, there are hints of hazelnut and dark fruit which linger for 30+ seconds. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for the next decade.

Winemaking Philosophy

Our belief is to focus on making wine “in the field” and let the unique terroir of Howell Mountain come through in every bottle. Striving for balance with regards to alcohol, pH, and oak treatments, our winemaker employs a minimal interventionist philosophy, taking full advantage of the distinctive terroir and the natural factors that make the Howell Mountain Appellation so unique. Minimal use of only fine French oak barrels is utilized in the winemaking process only to support the wine and not to distract from the unique Howell Mountain characteristics. We embrace proven, old-world winemaking methods, using native yeast, natural secondary fermentation, and minimal racking with no fining or filtering to help insure that the true Howell Mountain terrior is expressed in ever glass.

 

Awards & Accolades

 

95 points, Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online

 

"Howell Mountain Vineyards is everything you want and expect in a serious mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon: Rich and powerful, full-bodied, and with ample tannin for the long haul. This is a wine to wait on. At this stage it is muscular and menacing, but with time its abundant dark fruit character will emerge in what I expect to be a fabulous expression of Howell Mountain. This vintage was challenging, but Howell Mountain Vineyards succeeded in making a Cabernet for the ages. It was awarded a platinum medal at the recent Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition."

 

- Robert Whitley, Sep 23, 2014 

 

 92 points, The Tasting Panel

 

"Rich and concentrated with black cherry, cassis and plum; silky, balancedand juicy with long, rich flavors; showing spice, moch and soft herbs."  

 

- Anthony Dias Blue, June 2014  

 

                      Winemaker: Bryan Kane                                  Appellation: Howell Mountain

                      Alcohol: 14.5 %                                               Case Production: 225     

                                     Suggested Retail Price: $75.00

                                                                           

                                   

 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon - SOLD OUT

Howell Mountain   

Vintage Notes

 A relatively cool growing season with the several heat spikes in late summer resulted in a late harvest with lower yields. We were excited about what we tasted from the vineyards as it exhibited much more elegant fruit with balanced acidity which would lead to much more structured wines like that of the Bordeaux region. We harvested the grapes in late October, just before three days of rain, allowing the fruit to hang on the vine longer as the firm skin tannins of the younger grapes began to lighten and resolve on the vine. We utilized mostly old vine Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon from Beatty Ranch, providing classic, old-world complexity and structure.

 

Tasting Notes

 In the glass, the wine exhibits a medium-dark color with a slight purple hue with bouquets of red fruit in the nose with subtle notes of anise and black cherry colacommonly found in Howell Mountain fruit. On the palate, black currant and raspberry notes dominate the fruit while supported by subtle tannins and spice that provides an elegant, balanced mouthfeel. In the finish, there are hints of hazelnut and dark fruit which linger for 30+ seconds. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for the next decade.
 

Winemaking Philosophy

 Our belief is to focus on making wine “in the field” and let the unique terroir of Howell Mountain come through in every bottle. Striving for balance with regards to alcohol, pH, and oak treatments, our winemaker employs a minimal interventionist philosophy, taking full advantage of the distinctive terroir and the natural factors that make the Howell Mountain Appellation so unique. Minimal use of only fine French oak barrels is utilized in the winemaking process only to support the wine and not to distract from the unique Howell Mountain characteristics. We embrace proven, old-world winemaking methods, using native yeast, natural secondary fermentation, and minimal racking with no fining or filtering to help insure that the true Howell Mountain terrior is expressed in ever glass.

 

Awards & Accolades

 

90 points, Food & Beverage World

 

"A bouquet of blackberries, plums, cherries, and walnuts greets the senses. The palate unfurls flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, and bing cherry with accents of chocolate, cola, and nutmeg. Balanced tannins and rich flavors make this a very inviting wine. Enjoy now with lamb or give it some time in the cellar.

 

90 points, International Wine Review

 

"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts aromas of black currant and blackberry on the nose. On the palate it reveals bold and spicy red and black fruit flavors, a velvet texture and a persistent finish. It will offer drinking pleasure for the next 5 to 7 years. No fining or filtering."

 

- Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler, September 9, 2013

 

                      Winemaker: Bryan Kane                                  Appellation: Howell Mountain

                      Alcohol: 14.5 %                                               Case Production: 392    

                                     Suggested Retail Price: $75.00