(From 1999 Vintage) ORIGIN: The impressive and powerful 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley - Howell Mountain features a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, and 2% Malbec. The firm tannins and concentration of hillside grown fruit are hallmarks of this complex, intense and elegantly balanced wine.VINEYARD: The vineyard is located on a steep hillside at the 2,000 ft. elevation on Howell Mountain, a small, unique appellation in northeastern Napa Valley.WINEMAKING: The grapes were hand harvested in mid-October...
The 2007 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon displays the extraction typical of the vintage in its opaque ruby hue and heavily tinted legs. The nose is equally intense, featuring lush blackberry and blueberry fruit with captivating hints of earthy spice, sweet vanilla and cedar box aromas. The palate is subtle and elegant with silky tannins supporting pretty notes of red cherry and apple that meld into dried cherry and rose petals over the persistent finish. Deeply fruited and classically graceful, this wine is perfect as a foil to long-simmered braises like lamb shanks or short ribs in its youth. Those with the patience to let it rest in the cellar for three to five years will be rewarded with ever-increasing nuance that will shine against seared chops and hard, aged cheeses.
Drink 2012 to 2018