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Vintage
2021
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Region
Napa Valley
Vineyard
Howell Mountain
Alcohol
15.5%

2021 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

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Our Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon showcases a sophisticated blend of ripe blackberry and French plum, accented by an intriguing alpine freshness. The midpalate is generously plump, evolving into a texture that is both gritty and drying. The presence of chewy, staunch tannins underlines its formidable structure. The finish is remarkable for its length, revealing layers of juicy blackberry and a concentrated plum sauce reduction. Enhanced by the subtle influence of white oak, this wine is a distinguished example of Howell Mountain’s exceptional terroir and winemaking artistry. This wine should be slowly studied while enjoying a pepper-encrusted New York strip. Enjoy now through 2041.

Vintage
2021
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Region
Napa Valley
Vineyard
Howell Mountain
Alcohol
15.5%

Vintage Notes

The 2021 growing season was a prime example of why Napa Valley is such a great place to grow grapes. The winter heading into the 2021 growing season was colder than average with a drier than average spring. There were four total heat events over the growing season with the May and September heat events being outside the typical range for that time of year. The rainfall for the year was below average for the fourth straight year, presenting a challenge for the grower due to irrigation ponds and wells being at levels that have not been seen since 2017. The colder spring and lack of rain caused bud break to occur two weeks later than in 2020 but brought it closer to the 5-year average. The summer growing conditions were exceptionally good, making for ideal berry development. Both bloom and veraison, which typically last two to three weeks each, were each over in about a week! The start of harvest was early due to September being very warm. This was good, because in October California experienced a series of atmospheric rivers that dumped 9.5” of rain that month. The yields for the year were below average, but from a quality standpoint, it was a vintage year!

Winemaker Notes

Harvested on September 29th and 30th, the grapes were hand-harvested at night when temperatures often dip to 50˚F to capture vibrant acidity and fruit expression in the wine. We first cold-soaked the must (crushed grapes) for gentle extraction and then fermented in stainless steel, concrete, and oak barrel fermenters at 92˚F. Rigorous pump-overs, increasing during the peak of the fermentation, developed deep color, rich varietal character and fine tannins in the wine. The wine was aged in 75% new French oak barrels to meld the bright fruit expression with oak spice nuances. After three months of aging, we blended the vineyard components and allow them to marry for a total of 26 months of barrel élevage. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered to present the attributes of the vineyard in the purest form possible, from the dirt to the glass!

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