Howell Mountain Select, Howell Mountain
2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
AVA: Howell Mountain
Winemaker: Jeff Ames
Cooperage: 22 Months French Oak, Taransaud and Darnajou
Howell Mountain Select - The source of the Howell Mountain Select fruit is confidential by contract. Suffice
to say that a handful of select vintners have been producing world class wines from this esteemed site for decades. Howell Mountain AVA – Sitting above the town of Saint Helena, the Howell Mountain appellation boasts high elevations and unique microclimates. Warm days give way to cool nights, forcing vines to cultivate smaller grape clusters more concentrated in flavor and tannin. Howell Mountain fruit produces robust and complex, yet approachable, red wine—primarily Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vintage Notes – An unseasonably warm start to 2015 brought early bud break and bloom for Napa Valley.
Vines began to show fatigue as they entered their fourth year of drought, resulting in lower crop yields than years prior. While a cold snap led to poor fruit set, properly ripened fruit proved to be of tremendous quality. Unexpected heat meant another early harvest for the valley, one of the earliest on record. 2015 Cabernets show great balance in tannin and are deep and decadent in color.
Wine Maker Notes – An elegant nose of blueberry compote, dried fig and beautiful blue flowers gives way to baked vanilla, summer strawberry and medjool dates on the palate. There is a focus and level of complexity to this wine that is rare and stunning. Clone 6 Cabernet always possesses a combination of beauty and power that is clearly on display here.
2015 Vintage not yet rated
Wine Spectator, JL, 93 – The 2014 Howell Mountain Select is weighted toward wood and toasty, mocha-accented oak. Still a baby, with an underlying mix of intense, detailed dark berry, licorice and cedar flavors that impress now and should only gain with time.
Wine Advocate, RP – The 2014 Howell Mountain Select is a sexy, delicious, up-front Cabernet Sauvignon that has a dense ruby/purple color, hints of smoke, mineral, earth and spice, Supple textured which is typical of this vintage, with loads of fruit, soft tannin and adequate acidity. This is a lush, surprisingly approachable mountain Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next 10-20 tears.