Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Since our founding in 1978, Pine Ridge Vineyards has proudly produced Cabernet Sauvignon wines that showcase the unique characters of Napa Valley’s best appellations and our estate vineyards within them.

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Since our founding in 1978, Pine Ridge Vineyards has proudly produced Cabernet Sauvignon wines that showcase the unique characters of Napa Valley’s best appellations and our estate vineyards within them.

In 1986, we added the Howell Mountain appellation, with our nine-acre Los Posadas vineyard, which sits at an elevation of 2,000 feet. The site’s rocky, well-drained volcanic soils force vines to dig deep for water and nutrients; as a result, the vines produce small, intensely flavored berries that impart voluptuous fruit character and remarkable structure to the wine.

VINEYARDS Our nine-acre Las Posadas vineyard sits at an elevation of 2,000 feet above sea level and features southeast-facing plantings. The rocky, well-drained volcanic soils force the vines to dig deep for water and nutrients, producing small, intensely flavored berries. Despite strong afternoon sun, the climate tends to be cool because of the altitude, and acidity is maintained throughout ripening.

WINEMAKING The grapes were hand harvested at night, carefully sorted in the vineyard, and brought to the cellar and destemmed. Following a cold soak, fermentation occurred 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 24 months prior to bottling.

TASTING NOTES The lush aromas are of black fruit, violets, and the perfect hint of baking spices. Howell Mountain is the last vineyard we harvest, and the flavors show ripe, concentrated dark fruit like cassis and blackberry with nuances of dark chocolate, French roast coffee, and brown sugar. This robust wine is velvety smooth with a round, dense, chewy texture and lingering finish.

PAIRING This voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon would make an apt partner for a hearty yet uncomplicated dish, such as braised short ribs with spring gremolata, or steak au poivre to complement the black pepper character of the wine. For the perfect cheese pairing, try Carr Valley Cave Aged Marisa, a sheep’s milk cheese from Wisconsin. The creamy texture and brown-butter scent will complement the flavors in the wine.

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