Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

Lamborn Family Vineyards

Proprietor Grown Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Mother nature dealt our friends at Lamborn a difficult hand recently. Due to the ongoing fires in California, they have lost their 2020 crop of cabernet to smoke taint. Our hearts go out to our family at Lamborn. Please keep our good friends in your thoughts, and in your glass. If you’ve never tasted a Lamborn wine, there has never been a better, or more urgent time to do so. We are stocking up on their premium Howell Mtn cab, and their rosé. Tell em that Ronnie and Anne-Marie sent you 🥰 — 5 days ago

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Laura Purdy

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Oh no! That’s awful!
John A

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That is horrible news. I will always be happy to drop your name in wine circles. I am disappointed covid delayed our chance to meet and drink with @Mike R
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Thanks, @Eric S. @John A, I haven’t forgotten my friend. There is tomorrow 🙂

Nickel & Nickel

Beatty Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Eric S
9.4

Gotta remember to drink more FN/N&N! This is a great bottle. Dense and balanced dark blue fruits with a fine tannic finish. — 18 days ago

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Outpost

The Other Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 2012

Glad I had the patience to hold onto this. We were rewarded. — 14 days ago

Scott Wanamaker
with Scott
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Vintage? Thanks
Bryan Kesting

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2012. Beautiful wine!
Ron R

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Outpost - Brilliant.

O'Shaughnessy

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

When considering price, I find it hard to compete with this wine. The new entrance of @Anthony Biagi ‘s Patria is around the only wine I think of. These are beautiful Napa Cabs. Beautiful. Floral. Rich. This one is still slightly tannic and pulls at the mouth but o can imagine it a few years from now approaching the 10s or other years that mellowed out. I could drink @Sean Capiaux ‘s wines every day. — 4 days ago

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Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Antonio Galloni
9.6

Superb. Ordinarily I would not open a Dunn so young, but we served this at a tasting yesterday. Not a crime to Open now but better if you can wait. Classic Dunn. — 8 days ago

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Paravel

Henry Brothers Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Best cab I’ve had all year. This smells very fruity and acidic but is incredibly smooth and subtle on the palette with a full bodied finish. — 8 days ago

V. Sattui Winery

Black Sears Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

A meaty, mulled fruit nose. The palate starts with a rush of American oak and dark fruit, with the fruit building, supported by tobacco, cola, and black tea notes with a hint of licorice. High alcohol, but not off putting. Medium plus tannins and high acid. Matched perfectly with bbq pork ribs. — 17 days ago

Susan Cahoon
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Paraduxx (Duckhorn Vineyards)

Postmark Zinfandel Blend 2005

Nose has ripe plum, cedar cigar box, lavender, dried blueberries, dried black currant, licorice candy, mashed black cherries with light alcohol heat (assumed from the Zinfandel).

Palate has over-ripe plum, blackberry, milk chocolate, granite dust, violets, cocoa powder, ripe blackberries with still present tannins and a long finish. Spectacular. Drink Magnum's on this 2020-2030, when in proper storage. Based on this evenings performance, I suspect this will be in prime enjoyment 2024+.

1500ml bottle bought from the winery in October 2008; a blend of 58% Zinfandel, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon.

A perfect pairing to amazing seasoned and grilled NY Strip steaks from Kinderhook Farm (Valatie, NY), pulled at 125° and will rested afterwards, barely needed knives this evening!
— 16 days ago

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Cool blend.
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Cool blend

Cimarossa

Foglet Howell Mountain Nebbiolo 2010

Only took this 4 years from my first note for the acidity to settle down and for it to finally integrate! Well, it finally has. And on the last bottle to boot that everything came together....oh, only to have the other four bottles back!! Clove, cherry cola were the major campaign contributors, where tobacco and fig were minors. Well-balanced with a nice uptick in acidity towards the end. Actually still has some astringent quality. These really hold incredibly well and are very well crafted especially for a wine they make as a side-car. Well done! — 23 days ago

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Cakebread Cellars

Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2007

2007 vintage - celebratory pours. Intense stewed cherries and dark red fruits to start followed by vanilla, herbs, tobacco. Long finish. — 12 days ago