Pine Ridge Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Region
Howell Mountain
Alcohol
14.2%

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Pine Ridge Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

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Our Howell Mountain Vineyard is always the last vineyard we harvest. The 2016 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a mineral-driven wine with juicy, dark fruit and muscular tannins. This is a big wine showing some floral aromas, integrated spices, graham cracker, pencil lead, and vanilla and flavors of dark berries, cassis, and mocha. This brooding wine has a thick structure with chewy tannins.

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Vintage
2016
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Region
Howell Mountain
Alcohol
14.2%

Vintage Notes

Our nine-acre Alta Vineyard sits at an elevation of 1,800 feet and features southeast-facing plantings. The rocky, well-drained volcanic soils force the vines to dig deep for water and nutrients, and to produce small, intensely flavored berries. Despite strong afternoon sun, the climate tends to be cool because of the altitude, and acidity is maintained throughout ripening.

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 harvest marks the fifth great vintage in a row. Although it was another drought year and yields tended to be a bit lower, the quality was very high. The year started out hot, then became cold, then turned hot again, and October began one of the heaviest rain seasons this region has seen in many years.

The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in October. The grapes were hand harvested at night, carefully sorted in the vineyard, and brought to the cellar and destemmed. The grapes received a cold soak, followed by fermentation at a high temperature to ensure maximum extraction was achieved. Then, the wine was racked to 100 percent new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 27 months prior to bottling.

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