Howell Mountain Vineyards

Cimarossa

Rive di Cimarossa Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Cimarossa, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rive di Cimarossa. Vintage 2011. ABV 14.20%.

This wine is deep ruby with garnet secondary hues. On the nose this wine has medium(+) intensity of developing aromas. Aromas include blackberry preserves, black cherry, dried prune, fig, also black pepper, molasses, cedar, tobacco, mocha, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, earth, and wet moss. On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium acidity, a full body, high alcohol, firm (high) tannins, and medium(+) intensity of flavors consistent with the nose but with delicate vegetal notes. The baking spice is also very prominent. The finish is long.

The 2011 vintage in Napa Valley was on the wetter and cooler side, which offered an extended growing season allowing the grapes to ripen and develop slowly. This wine comes from a vineyard located in Howell Mountain, on the Northeastern side of the Vaca Mountains, which afforded it additional exposure to winds that kept the vines dry and sunshine which aided in the ripening process.

Fun fact! Howell Mountain legally became its own appellation in 1983, the year of my birth, making this Howell Mountain Cab a fine choice for a Birthday weekend (there’s always a connection).

In addition to owning this spectacular winery, owners Corry Dekker and Dino Dina both come from an impressive background in medicine and biotechnology and have left, and continue to leave, an indelible impact on the vaccine industry. Cheers to that!! And cheers to Mia Kline for her excellence in winemaking and fruit expression.

This label features an image of the yellow monkeyflower, a wild flower that grows along the edges of the vineyard from which this wine comes.
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Shay A

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This is a killer visit. Wonderful atmosphere. And their 2011 wines are some of my favorites.
Vanessa

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@Shay A Love it! We’d love to visit the next time we’re in Napa. This wine has complexity, intensity, and impeccable balance. We shall revisit!

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Hillside Blend Howell Mountain Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Paul K
9.2

Great wine! Fruit still hiding a little and nice tannins will make the a rockstar with some patience. — 22 days ago

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La Jota Vineyard Co.

Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2015

Super Delicious! Best nose followed by amazing smooth huckleberry and pepper on pallet — 24 days ago

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Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Held in my cellar and first to be opened from this case. Drinking well with tobacco currants and a lingering dark cherry finish. — 9 days ago

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Andy Brown

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So you're saying there are 11 more?

TOR Kenward Family Wines

Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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This 12 year old Napa Cabernet is drinking so very nicely now.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, cola, tobacco, coffee and peppercorn.

Full bodied rich, extracted and delicious.

Medium acidity with a long finish and soft tannins.

Dry on the palate and very fruity.

This Single Vineyard could age for another 10 years, but I really enjoyed it at this stage.

Wine spectator's 97 points.

Very enjoyable and yummy. Good by itself as a sipping wine.

A very small production of only 9 barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$155 (current vintage).
— a month ago

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Ladera

Howell Mountain Stile Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Decanted for 90 mins. Beautiful nose, red fruit still vibrant. Pairing with pork steaks, roasted fingerlings for Mother’s Day. — 7 days ago

Cade

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Sorry for the pic...full on liquorice and black fruit. 2-3 years minimum. Could turn out awesome. — 25 days ago

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Dunn Vineyards

Caldwell Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

A delicious earthy and complex wine . Lots of complex dark fruit flavors. The wine really opened up and was delicious — 11 days ago

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Ron R

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Great stuff, Hugh!

Cade

Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Ron R
9.4

We are loving the Cade a little more. Which one do you prefer? 🤔 — 8 days ago

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Alexandre Pagliano

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Curious to know your pov on the differences !
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Great Q, @Alexandre Pagliano. They have more similarities than differences. The Larkmead is more suave, while the Bevan displays a more bold, riper and tannic expression. Net net, I consider Larkmead to be a more sophisticated wine. It’s also a cab, as opposed to a blend.
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I have Larkmead on my mind. I should have referenced Cade. Apologies for my error.

Ladera

Reserve Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Little strawberry, sage, blackberry. Well balanced with medium refined tannins. Let it open — 8 days ago