Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley


Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

2012!! πŸ•° A marvelous year; the year @deked1 and I reconnected. Two years later we exchanged vows and began our adventure in life together. Tonight, we’re celebrating our seventh wedding anniversary. πŸ’•πŸ’• The honeymoon vibes are still going strong! πŸ™Œ

We’re excited about this 2012 Cade that was bottled on June 13th, 2014, just over a month before our wedding. It’s comprised of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. It comes from Howell Mountain AVA in Napa Valley, California. β›° πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Howell Mountain AVA is known for producing fuller-bodied and well-structured wines with vines planted at an elevation ranging from 1600 to 2200 ft above sea level and good sun exposure. β˜€οΈ This wine is no exception with its firm tannins, medium acidity, and high alcohol (15.2%); also, its opulent, ripe black fruits such as juicy blackberry bramble, black cherry, crΓ¨me de cassis, also black licorice, pepper, nutmeg, vanilla, dark chocolate, espresso, clove, and forest floor. It has a long, elegant finish. πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

It also underwent 20 months of barrel aging in 100% French Oak 80% of which was new, which explains the noteworthy secondary aromas and flavors that add to the complexity of this wine.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Here’s to cherishing the moment with the people you love. Cheers!
β€” 4 days ago

with Deked1
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@Shay A Thank you and Happy Anniversary to you, too!! Excited to see what you’ll pop to celebrate πŸŽ‰ πŸ₯‚πŸΎ
Ron R

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Big congrats to both of you.


@Ron R Many thanks!! πŸ™πŸ™ Cheers!

Black Cat Vineyard

Zinfandel 2018

This is just damn good wine! Tracey Reichow makes terrific old vine Zinfandel. Love this stuff! β€” 4 days ago

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Theorem Vineyards

Voir Dire Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Theorem Winery visit on Diamond Mountain, hosted by VP- Scott Freeland. Winemaker is Thomas Rivers Brown. Beautiful property, views, tasting experience & excellent wines.
2018 Voir Dire Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Vineyard is excellent! πŸ‡πŸ·πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
β€” a month ago

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Shay A

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Been there a few times. Love the wines and the property!
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@Shay A - Yes great people, wines & venues. Cheers

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Hillside Blend Howell Mountain Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

It's definitely time for a great Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Great nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead and earth.

Full bodied with medium acidity and elegant.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, earth, peppercorn and leather.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Merlot based blend from Napa Valley. Rich, yet elegant. Fruit forward with nice complexity.

This 8 year old Magnum is drinking very nicely now. The fact that it is from a great vintage doesn't hurt it either.

Delicious right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime.

Excellent quality. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Thank you Barry for sharing this with me.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with delicious lamb chops.

Grapes are grown at 2,100 feet of elevation. A blend of 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French oak barrels (31% new) for 25 months. A small production of 579 cases. Made by Philippe Melka.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$350 (Magnum)
β€” 13 days ago

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Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2017

Really nice classic Zin. Jammy, but not too much. A little spice. Velvety. Really enjoyed this one. β€” 12 hours ago

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Haber Family Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Shay A

Not surprising for the vintage, I found the 2014 version of this to be much more accessible and plush than the 2015, but at the end of the night, it showed a glimpse of that profile.

This was poured in to a decanter and then consumed over the next three hours. These wines are always so Bevan-esque, in that they are richly textured and hedonistic. Aromatically, lots of baking spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet espresso, with fresh out of the oven mixed berry pie. On the palate it’s filled with black cherry infused dark chocolate, graham cracker sweetness, and freshly squeezed blueberries. Initially it was sporting a classically Howell Mtn tannic finish, but it softened at the end of the night. The 2014 didn’t have a hard edge from day one. This seems to have more aging potential.
β€” 17 days ago

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La Jota Vineyard Co.

Howell Mountain Merlot 2016

Blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot & 5% Tannat, aged 20 mos French oak. LaJota has deep roots in Napa, in 1888, wine pioneer W.S. Keyes planted the first vines on Howell Mountain, 10 years later LaJota Vineyard established, named for location on Mexican parcel Rancho La Jota. Deep Ruby, rich berry fruit aromas & herb spice. On the palate blackberry & cherry flavors with sweet spice, licorice & cacao notes, rich & tangy. Soft full tannins, long finish ending with oak & earthy herbs. Just starting to drink now, will cellar for a decade. β€” 10 days ago

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Black Cat Vineyard

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Excellent Cabernet Sauvignon from winemaker Tracey Reichow. Full, dry, soft, nice tannins. Lovely dark palate. β€” 2 days ago

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Barnett Vineyards

Estate Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc 2016

One of the few Cab Francs I’ve ever had, but always an enjoyable wine. Still behind the petite Verdot and merlot from Barnett for me. Big, but coming together nicely. β€” 9 days ago

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Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Rob N

I really enjoy this cab, a classic Napa example. However, it’s a but young here β€” lots of grippy tannins. β€” 7 days ago

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