Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 1993

Shay A

November’s 4th Friday was a big hit. There is no way I’ll be able to upload all the wines, nor give them the reviews they deserve, but there were a few worthy of mentioning!

This is one of those bottles that you may never see again and because of that, expectations are crazy high...thankfully, this delivered. When I had the opportunity to purchase one of these (provenance perfect, as the purchaser acquired directly from Dunn), I was very intrigued. My understanding is this wine was made during ‘92, ‘93, ‘94 and ‘95.

Upon opening, I was shocked (though I shouldn’t of been) that it seemed to need a lot of air. Undoubtedly purple core in the glass, with a fading rim. It leapt from the glass revealing a very floral profile of potpourri, violets and sage, along with cassis, underripe blackberries and cedar. On the palate, the tannins have integrated smoothly and acidity keeps it afloat with an energetic vibe. There are notes of leather, herbs, plum, crunchy black cranberries with a finish showing cracked black pepper, dusty graphite, iron and a touch of dark cocoa. Continuously evolved over two hours. If I was served this blind, there is no way I could even consider this was Petite Sirah. Maybe a late ‘80s right bank cab franc blend would be my guess, or an older Barolo from a top producer. A truly magical profile and experience, one I hope to be fortunate to be a part of again!
— 10 days ago

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Shay A

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@Bryan Kesting : Cheers to you guys! Looking forward to the next time we all get to enjoy some good wine together!
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@Shay A : indeed...have a great Thanksgiving!

TOR Kenward Family Wines

Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Infanticide! But so delicious - in 10 years this will be a classic! Winemaking skills are it’s best! — 10 days ago

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Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2013

Mike R

This is part of the list zins - turley was everywhere which is good if you like zins — 10 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Nice, depth 👍
Kimberly Anderson

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They have great cabs too!
Jason Brater

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Love the Turley Zin!


Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Shay A

This was served blind. Dark core with some bricking around the edges. A touch of aged funk at first, then it shows dates, dark cocoa, mocha and blackberries. It’s got dusty tannins all over, but the finish was quite powerful and almost chalky. The mid palate was a medley of older baking spices, red plum, baked black cherries and old graham cracker. This held up in the decanter for a while and while it’s not getting better, I imagine it will good here for a few years. I called this early 2000s mountain cab heavy blend from O’Shaughnessy. Thanks @Jason Jones — 19 hours ago

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Eric Bass

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Howell Mountain fruit is right up my alley.
Hugh O'Riordan

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Good review

Beringer Vineyards

Estate Bottled Bancroft Ranch Vineyard Merlot 1992

Palmer Emmitt

In a beautiful place right now. Showing age but elegantly so - the tannins completely resolved, the fruit stingingly present but starting to dry, the tertiary flavors just barely peeking their head above ground. — 14 days ago

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Lillian Winery

California Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shay A

@Jason Jones had just gotten these in and when he teased about opening one, I had no choice but to push him over the edge...undoubtedly way too young, but it can be fun to check in on these to see the potential.

This will be the last vintage for Lillian Cabernet. The fruit is from True Vineyard on Howell and it shows. Robust and powerful. All the elements are there on the nose with smoked bacon fat, anise, crushed rock, violets, and underripe red and black fruits. Very floral and became more so with time in the glass. On the palate it was coiled tightly with dusty and gripping tannins, underripe blackberries, mocha, potpourri, and currant. Patience will be rewarded.
— 21 days ago

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Edmond Bordelon

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True Vineyard on Howell Mountain is known for some legendary fruit!
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@Shay A : Very nice! No doubt a baby.

Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

Seeing double...quadruple, actually. Thanksgiving wine 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 @Jim Wagonfeld harmonious accord of dark fruit, cedar, muscular tannins. Powerful elegance and seemingly ages to go even at twenty-four years. A wine to be thankful for. — 6 days ago

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Reserva Henry Brothers Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Alex Lallos

Damn michal Trujillo you are killing it! Dark dark dark. Lots of liquor on the nose with cassis, blackberry, incense and pencil shavings. A big wine but so soft and so plush it hurts. Not for every day but with a New York steak tonight it’s on fire — 14 days ago

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Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Always good. Juicy, brooding, ripe red and dark fruits, baking spices, graphite, licorice, and eucalyptus. Lovely depth and complexity. — 11 days ago

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I have none in my cellar at the mo, but they produce great juice. Nice pull, @Ryan Vento
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Thanks @Ron R. Agreed.

La Jota Vineyard Co.

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

the wine is identified.. can you identify the man? — 4 days ago

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you guys can’t ID that guy????