Arkenstone

Estate Howell Mountain Sauvignon Blanc

9.429 ratings
9.517 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Sauvignon Blanc
Cheddar & Gruyere, Tomato-Based, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Goat & Feta Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Fish, Salads & Greens, Meaty & Oily Fish, Fruit Desserts, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Martin G Rivard

Thanks Dave!! This got the party started on the right foot this afternoon!!
@David L Awesome gift from the one and only David 🎤 @Shawn R 😘 Merry Christmas!!!

Thanks Dave!! This got the party started on the right foot this afternoon!!
@David L Awesome gift from the one and only David 🎤 @Shawn R 😘 Merry Christmas!!!

Dec 25th, 2018
Shawn R

Aging out nicely. Oak and fruit play off each other. Still bright yet has a creamy texture that makes it so enjoyable.

Aging out nicely. Oak and fruit play off each other. Still bright yet has a creamy texture that makes it so enjoyable.

Oct 7th, 2018
Shawn R

Multifaceted wine that will make your jaw drop at the layers upon layers and have you scratching your head asking is this a SB? I can’t say anything that I haven’t already stated. Job well done @Sam Kaplan

Multifaceted wine that will make your jaw drop at the layers upon layers and have you scratching your head asking is this a SB? I can’t say anything that I haven’t already stated. Job well done @Sam Kaplan

Jul 16th, 2018
Shawn R

Love this wine! Always shows well, even in NYC!! Thanks for sharing it @David L

Love this wine! Always shows well, even in NYC!! Thanks for sharing it @David L

Oct 23rd, 2017
Rob Brobst III

Down to only 2 bottles left. This was a perfect drinker for a hot summer evening!

Down to only 2 bottles left. This was a perfect drinker for a hot summer evening!

Aug 29th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

Certainly one of the most beautiful and delicious Sauvignon Blancs I've had in longer than I can remember.

Certainly one of the most beautiful and delicious Sauvignon Blancs I've had in longer than I can remember.

Jul 22nd, 2017
David L

14 & 15 Arkenstone SB. The 14 is simply a much more balanced wine at this time. The 2015 is all upfront and mid-palate at this point. 4/6 months this will be the best SB they’ve made to date.

14 & 15 Arkenstone SB. The 14 is simply a much more balanced wine at this time. The 2015 is all upfront and mid-palate at this point. 4/6 months this will be the best SB they’ve made to date.

1 person found it helpfulApr 14th, 2018
Shawn R

What else needs to be said...rocker-star!

What else needs to be said...rocker-star!

Jul 8th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

This Sauvignon Blanc spends a year in some new oak but mostly used oak and a 1/3 of it in concrete eggs. They also hold it back in bottle for another 1-1 1/2 years before they release it. On nose, great tropicals; melons, passionfruit, pineapple, banana peel, green apple, underripe Bosc pear with skin, citrus, citrus blossoms, jasmine and yellow florals. The mouthfeel is creamy & oily. It's very clean, pure, has precision and high mellow acidity. Green apple, green melon, citrus candy, peach, white peach, pineapple, guava, passion fruit, subtle light spice, delicate refined soft chalkiness with amazing body, texture and finish. Photos of their owner Ron leading the tasting. The concrete eggs used to ferment this Sauvignon Blanc. Their metal frog band adorning their grounds and those beautiful Howell Mountain vines sprung back to life.

This Sauvignon Blanc spends a year in some new oak but mostly used oak and a 1/3 of it in concrete eggs. They also hold it back in bottle for another 1-1 1/2 years before they release it. On nose, great tropicals; melons, passionfruit, pineapple, banana peel, green apple, underripe Bosc pear with skin, citrus, citrus blossoms, jasmine and yellow florals. The mouthfeel is creamy & oily. It's very clean, pure, has precision and high mellow acidity. Green apple, green melon, citrus candy, peach, white peach, pineapple, guava, passion fruit, subtle light spice, delicate refined soft chalkiness with amazing body, texture and finish. Photos of their owner Ron leading the tasting. The concrete eggs used to ferment this Sauvignon Blanc. Their metal frog band adorning their grounds and those beautiful Howell Mountain vines sprung back to life.

May 7th, 2017
Rob Brobst III

The level of honeysuckle, pineapple, and lemon oil blew me away. Crisp and clean. It was sitting next to a well crafted bottle from the Dry Stack Vineyard which couldn't compare.

The level of honeysuckle, pineapple, and lemon oil blew me away. Crisp and clean. It was sitting next to a well crafted bottle from the Dry Stack Vineyard which couldn't compare.

Apr 24th, 2017