The red volcanic and tufa soils give our Howell Mountain Cabernet a wild, bramble berry character, coupled with touches of warm red stones and spice. Round, supple tannins frame flavors of red berry, blackberry and graphite. Full-bodied and decidedly opulent.
The 2014 growing season was even, moderate and extended. Dry conditions from 2012 and 2013 continued with even less rain present in the harvest window. Slow development of sugars, coupled with a naturally low pH (high acid) vineyard site meant that the resulting wine would have tremendous structure. 2014 will prove to be one of the most balanced vintages in decades.
May 4, 2016
18 months in Chateau-style French oak; 80% new & 20% 2nd year. Unfiltered and unfined