Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

Beringer Vineyards

Bancroft Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2012

Last score of 92 given a little over 3 years ago. This wine has definitely improved with time in the bottle since then but I dare say that it really (for me) isn't necessarily true to the variety. I initially rated this a 95 but settled on 94. My drink dates (2015-2026) which vary quite a bit from CT's are right on the money. This one was served pop and pour although the best of this wine was probably about 2 hours after cork pop. This one is at the top of the hill right now. Black and blue sweet youthful roasted fruit nose and palate with wildflowers. Great acidity on the entry and the finish. Toasted tannin. This is probably a top 5 Cab Franc for me. I've managed to save a lot of 2012's, and I think that if they all are going to drink similar to this I need to start crackin' em!! Drink or hold another 5-7 years. — 4 days ago

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Outpost

True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

This is an absolutely epic wine.. smooth yet beautifully extracted with notes of blueberries, blackberries and light plum sauce! Soft tannins ... a beauty!! — 11 days ago

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Yeah baby!!!

La Jota Vineyard Co.

W. S. Keyes Vineyard Merlot 2015

This has to be the best Napa Merlot that I have ever tasted, 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Amazing black and red fruits, great acidity, tension and tannins can’t wait to try there bottles over the years. — 18 days ago

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Lamborn Family Vineyards

Proprietor Grown Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Ron R
9.3

This showed very well last night. Bright nose, linear and focused presentation on the palate. Pure acid balance complimented the tannins very well. Within its consumption window now, and will cellar for many years to come. — 3 days ago

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Black Cat Vineyard

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Leather and oak on nose. Full body, smooth, dry, nice tannins. Blackberries, black cherries, and cola. Outstanding and will get better with age. — 7 days ago

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Ladera

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

This is so good right now!! From a 375 cc bottle! — 16 hours ago

Eric, Sharon and 7 others liked this

Beringer Vineyards

Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Franc 2015

The private tasting produced the initial wow and then the real live moment produced the second wow. Just a pure smooth delivery. Figs and cocoa with a Dr. Pepper like finish. — 3 days ago

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Ladera

Howell Mountain Malbec 2011

Very tight and earthy out of the bottle even after a double decant. After an hour + this opened to amazing blackberry, blueberry and loads of cherry. Tannins and finish are just elegant. Might be one of the best Malbecs ever from Ladera. — 10 days ago

Shay, Severn and 6 others liked this

Outpost

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Ron R
9.6

In the glass, you can see the deep extraction. The nose displays blueberry pie and maple syrup. Palate is dense and focused. Tannins create an upright structure, combined with supple acidity. Finishes textured and sweet. Overall, a thrilling presentation. — 11 days ago

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@Brandon Thurber, based on the 16 vintage, you’re in for a real treat. There’s no shame in TRB’s game...
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All their stuff is good @Brandon Thurber
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Brandon Thurber

Going to be tough to pass up now. Thanks, gents.

Cade

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Ron R
9.1

Nose of bing cherries with a hint of cardboard. Palate is still fruit-forward with overripe cherries, sandalwood, and coffee notes. Cardboard is noticeable on the palate, too. Enjoyable, but past it’s sell by date, even though it has been well stored. — 20 days ago

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@Hugh O'Riordan - it’s a Zalto. I was skooled on these by my Wine Nerd buds. They crush Riedel. But you are sure to have a nosebleed at the checkout. And when you break one, go straight to the ER and have your meltdown there.
Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

I guess I’ll be trying one you yours! Our rule is, if it didn’t fit in dishwasher we don’t get it..
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@Hugh O'Riordan, I’m not sure these stems would enjoy life in a dishwasher 😏