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2012 Petit Verdot

Howell Mountain

Vintage 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.

Tasting Notes

Our 2012 Howell Mountain Petit Verdot is once again hauntingly dark in the glass. Hailing from only a few rows planted at Beatty Ranch, these vines struggle to yield tiny concentrated berries that are full of rich complez flavors. This wine needs time to breathe upon opening up, but when it does it reveals brooding aromas of wild blackberries, blueberry liquor, lavender, violets, graphite, and leather. Full bodied and structured to last, this wine could perhaps have the longest aging potential of the wines in our portfolio. On the palate, the wine is deep and dark, and finishes long with mouthwatering acidity and grip rounding out the multi=layered mouth feel.

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.

                      Winemaker: Bryan Kane                                  Appellation: Howell Mountain

                      Alcohol: 14.5 %                                               Case Production: 75     

                                     Suggested Retail Price: $65.00

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2011 Petit Verdot - LIMITED

Howell Mountain

Vintage Notes

A relatively cool growing season with almost no heat spikes to speak of, followed by a challenging wet harvest resulted with lower yields, but high quality wines that resulted. We were excited about what we tasted from the vineyards as it exhibited much more elegant fruit with balanced acidity which would lead to more structured wines like that of the Bordeaux region. We harvested the grapes just before three days of rain, allowing the fruit to hang on the vine as the rm skin tannins of the younger grapes began to lighten and resolve on the vine.

Tasting Notes

Dense and classically structured, our 2011 Petit Verdot leads with hauntingly dark and complex aromas of blackberry compote, violets, lavender, and sweet tobacco. On the palate the wine is beautifully textured and full, exuding avors of boysenberry, spicy dark chocolate, and subtle graphite. The wine nishes lifted and long with superbly balanced acidity and polished tannins. Although it is approachable now with a bit of air or a brief decant, this is a wine that is built to age, and will certainly reward those with the patience to wait.

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.

 

                      Winemaker: Bryan Kane                                  Appellation: Howell Mountain

                      Alcohol: 14.5 %                                               Case Production: 110     

                                     Suggested Retail Price: $65.00