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2015 Hall Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

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RATINGS

97The Wine Advocate

Compelling earth-inspired and savory notes of black truffles, fertile loam, mossy bark, yeast extract, black olives and sautéed herbs.... Full-bodied, super intense and jam-packed with black fruits and earthy layers

94-97Jeb Dunnuck

Offers classic Howell Mountain blue fruits as well as lots of intermixed cedary spice, dried flowers and brambly herbs. It's ripe, opulent and deep, with building tannin and the incredible purity that's the hallmark of this estate.

90-93Vinous / IWC

Rich, hedonistic wine... the balance of fruit and tannin is impressive...Black cherry, plum, new French oak, menthol, licorice, savory herbs, earthiness and dark spices are front and center. This is an especially flamboyant, ripe style

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain

Howell Mountain AVA in Northeastern Napa Valley was the first of Napa Valley’s sub-appellations, earning its own designation in 1984, just a year after Napa Valley became an appellation. As the name suggests, the AVA is in one of the highest elevations in the area. Every vineyard in the appellation is at least 1,400 feet above sea level. Some vineyards are as high as 2,200 feet and because of their altitude most of the AVA’s vineyards receive more sun than vineyards at lower elevations, which are affected by fog from the Pacific Ocean and the San Pablo Bay. Howell Mountain was home to vineyards in the late 19th century, but winemaker Randy Dunn is considered the area’s most influential modern pioneer. Dunn moved to Howell Mountain in 1979, acquired property and began making exceptionally rich Cabernet Sauvignon. The AVA also grows Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. There are 600 vineyard acres within Howell Mountain AVA.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.