Volcan Mountain Winery

Retro Cellars

Peloursin Howell Mountain Red Blend 2015

Dark purple with a thin rim and very pretty cherry red flecks. The nose on this beauty is just insanity. A core of black fruit punctuated by beautiful, beautiful dirt. A good bit of menthol smoke and unsmoked cigars. The fruit can be a bit shy at first but a blast of cherry and raspberry wakes you up. And there’s some funk here too. Beautiful, sexy, funky funk. Not too much, just enough to titillate.

Peloursin is a rare rare varietal to find out here in the wild. Think grapes like Petite Sirah or maybe Bonarda. Medium bodied and slightly intense but not too sharp. Always wonderful Howell Mountain fruit in the masterful hands of Mike Dunn and it shows. Low, low alcohol at 13.0 and that is so very nice. Needs plenty of time in the decanter. Wonderful acid and terrific balance and weight here. The notes in the mouth are reminiscent of the notes in the nose with some glorious cherry essence and forest floor. A most peculiar wine but a great one. I struggle to really think of a good comparison for it. It’s just really so damn good and that’s all that matters.
— 8 days ago

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Ritchie Creek

Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 1981

Cathy Corison
9.5

Over 40 years old and yummy. So resolved, soft and mouthfilling, still with snappy acidity. — 2 days ago

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Tom Casagrande

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Note the 12.7% on the label. We won’t ever see the likes of that again.

Howell Mountain Vineyards

Howell Mountain Old Vine Zinfandel 2017

Upper echelon Zin. Alc. kept reasonable at 14.5%. Nose has pure, perfectly ripe spicy blackberry, gravel, a whisp of high-toned smoke. Good ripeness in the mouth but balanced beautifully with surprising acids, which keep it buoyant. Tannins there but super-soft and just hanging out in the background. Reminiscent of the Zins of yore. — 19 days ago

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Scott Rose

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Haven't been lucky enough to sample their stuff in the last decade or so but it sounds same as it ever was. Yum.

Philip Togni Vineyard

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Feels like maybe we opened this a bit early in the drinking window. First sip - yikes. Very primary red fruits and syrupy.

Gas it with wine2pro and let it sit a few mins and the real wine came out. Still red fruits but some light tannins showed up and there was some structure. Very enjoyable

Not sure this is the best over $100 wine or I would stock up but I liked it
— 5 days ago

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Ira Schwartz

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@Joe DAscoli IMO similar to Dunn Howell Mt with respect to aging. Let them rest for 15 years.
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Thanks Ira! Certainly did not expect that but good to know.

Smith Madrone

Spring Mountain District Chardonnay 2017

A pretty deep gold in color.

Fruity nose with red and yellow apples, citrus, herbs, spices, toasted oak, marzipan, light vanilla and white pepper. Lovely nose.

Full bodied and creamy with medium acidity and long fat legs.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, vanilla, oak, lemons, apples, pears, spices, bitter herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in length on the finish with almonds.

This is a very enjoyable Chardonnay from Napa Valley.
Showing a nice mouthfeel with nice complexity.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. A good quality wine, tangy and spicier than I expected.

Needs time to open up properly, and better when not too cold.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now. I had the 2016 a year ago and loved it even more.

Will be nice to revisit it in a few years.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers by the pool.

Chardonnay grapes were barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in (75% new) French oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$45.
— 19 days ago

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Douglas Braun

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Their Riesling is fun Too - the higher elevation keeps it cool
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@Douglas Braun their Riesling is even better than the Chardonnay imo

Turley

Cedarman Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2019

Released Fall ‘21. A a blend of Zin and other varietals from two vineyards high up in Howell Mountain. The 2019 was inky purple with a surprisingly vanilla/creamy nose. This carried through to the palate but it also had a great back-end kick loaded with bright berries and soft tannins. Another very good player in the Turkey line up. — 3 days ago

Cade

Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Really superb Napa Cab. Purchased from Odette Tasting room. Classic Napa Vallet. Oak, vanilla, cocoa on the nose. Followed by dusty earth and sage. Lots of dark fruit, honeyed fig, chocolate , hazelnut Nutella. This is a well structured wine at 15.6% — 4 days ago

Paul, Ericsson and 8 others liked this

Pine Ridge Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

jesus g
9.3

This old school label takes me back to my childhood. My dad was their viticulturist for 22 years — 9 hours ago

Juan, Brent and 10 others liked this
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That’s really cool.

Russian River Vineyards

Morning Sun Vineyard Barbera 2017

Spaghetti and KC Chiefs game . . . Of course this went well!! — 4 days ago

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Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1992

Dunn was a producer I purchased every year when I 1st visited the valley. This wine is still youthful with many years ahead showing an old school style with a perfumed nose of mostly black fruits, cedar, earth, leather, lead, spice box & tobacco leaf. A beautiful wine that you wish all Cali wines would be like at 30 yrs of age. — 19 days ago

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Ron Siegel

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Thanks Severn, Cheers to a great 2022!
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Thanks. Looks like you're getting closer to milestone in '22, passing 10k posts. Nice job, AG and Team will be proud of you.
Alan Weinberg

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Bought this for son’s birth year. Good to know.