A deep set and richly beautiful garnet in color, the 2014 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of blackberry, black cherry, graphite, saddle leather, toasty oak and dried herbs. Hints of forest floor and spring flowers funnel in after a minute or so in the glass. The densely layered nose is just the start to what is a unmistaken Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Fabulously concentrated, yet elegant with its presence. On the palate, notes of blackberry, blueberry, cedar and graphite dance on your tongue. The velvety tannins lead to a long and lasting finish. Full bodied and voluptuous, this is a stunner to enjoy for years to come.
The Howell Mountain Appellation, with its rolling hills and unique microclimates, offers spectacular vineyards and some of the most wonderful and sought-after wines. Standing gracefully above the valley floor and overlooking Saint Helena, Howell Mountain sees slightly warmer nighttime temperatures and cooler mid-day temperatures. The difference in temperature is still pronounced enough to maintain balanced acidity and allows the berries to develop somewhat a thicker skin that imparts intense color, texture and structure to the wines.
Hand-harvested, picked at night
Hand-sorted while still cold from the field
Fermented in small, closed top, stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
5-day cold soak, 29 to 34 days total maceration
Gentle pumpovers and delestage
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
Blended before bottling and returned to barrel to continue aging as a blend
Bottled unfined and unfiltered
22 Months 75%New French Oak
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