Notre Vin Howell Mountain
Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are sourced from a few very select vineyards sites on top of the mountain at an altitude of about 1800 feet.

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and intense with its purple color. Always a Château Latour inspired wine, with restraint yet substance as well as layered richness, a creamy opulent texture, nicely integrated tannins and delicious briary mountain fruit of blackberry and blueberry mixed with sensational notes of graphite and crushed rocks. This wine needs a good 5-6 years of cellaring and should age for three decades at minimum.

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The 2009 vintage is a broad, rich wine endowed with tons of depth and pure resonance. It is a classic Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon with attractive aromas of blackberries, black cherries and freshly cracked walnut and the recognizable minerality with crushed rock and graphite that we so often find on Howell Mountain. In the mouth you will find layers of subtle toast with cocoa and roasted coffee beans. The silky tannins are ripe, lush and well coated with a solid knit. It is an elegant yet dense wine with a velvety texture, great focus and length. This wine can be enjoyed now, but will improve with further cellaring.

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The 2008 vintage presents a pretty garnet color with purple reflections. On the nose we find enticing berry aromas with dark cherries, blackberry seed and pomegranate along with those typical Howell Mountain scents of fresh walnut, crushed rock, dried herbs and lavender. There are layers of rich cocoa, espresso roast and hints of pencil shavings. The wine is full bodied, plush and intense with great concentration due to extremely low yields in 2008. We discover refined layers of ripe, fine grain tannins with a truly pleasant lingering finish. This is without doubt one of the best wines we have made. It is still young with tremendous potential, and can be enjoyed now as well as cellared for 10-15 years.

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This dark garnet Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2007 vintage exhibits a fabulous nose of crushed rock, graphite and cedar, layers of sweet black and blue fruits intermixed with cocoa powder, walnut, fresh almonds and scents of freshly roasted coffee. In the mouth this wine shows concentration, great richness and volume with a sense of freshness and energy together with that noble sweetness of tannin with stunning purity as well as a layered sensual finish. The aftertaste leaves you with delicious flavors of blood orange and tangerine. When young, our 2007 Howell Mountain was massively tannic and just recently started to open up. It is a beauty that can be enjoyed now, particularly with decanting, however it will benefit from more time in the cellar.

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The 2006 vintage is densely dark purple with hints of blue on the brim. The nose is powerful, yet elegant with that typical Howell Mountain minerality along with notes of dark chocolate covered orange peel, thyme, black cherries followed by aromas of cedar, blackberry seeds and roses. The wine is rich and concentrated with a fabulous tannic structure, a beautiful balance and lingering finish.

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The 2005 vintage exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue and offers offers an expressive nose of minerals, layers of spicy ripe fruit flavors of cassis, blackberries and wild blueberries followed by enticing aromas of espresso roast. The mouth feel is a combination of power and elegance. In this wine you will find freshness and a beautiful balance, a fabulous concentration of dense ripe tannins, an excellent depth and a beautifully delineated, long finish that allows for appreciation now or cellaring for many years.

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The 2004 vintage is inky/blue, highly aromatic and offers a big fruity nose of blackberries, cherries and black currants in addition to that Howell Mountain perfume of graphite, crushed rock and licorice. It is revealing hints of coffee, dark chocolate, cedar wood and spice box. We find this wine full bodied with magnificent concentration and formidable dense well-integrated tannins, length and overall harmony.

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The 2003 vintage, Our first wine from Howell Mountain, starts to show that typical minerality we often find up there on the mountain. With a few years of age it is drinking beautifully right now, and continues to display glorious levels of fruit, particularly refreshing aromas of cherries, blackberries and walnuts with attractive sweet tannins and a velvety texture.

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