Arkenstone

Estate Howell Mountain Sauvignon Blanc

9.431 ratings
9.519 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Sauvignon Blanc
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

We don’t drink a lot of Sauvignon Blanc but, when we do we only really love a select few and this Arkenstone Howell Mountain is one of them.

This a varietal I feel is generally not made well by many producers. They are generally too green, grassy, mineral driven, strongly structured or are just poorly made everyday table wines.

This Arkenstone is well grown and crafted. Nothing is over done. Nothing astringent or bitty about it. There is only beauty, elegance and balance.

The nose reveals, ripe; meyer lemons, pineapple, tropical melons, grapefruit with a touch of sugar, white peach, apricots and some lime zest. Beeswax, heather honey notes, beautiful chalkiness, saline minerality, some Sugar Snap Peas, , soft white spice, a shade of mint, white & yellow spring flowers with jasmine.

The body is thick, well rounded and a little waxy. The structure and mouthfeel doesn’t over power, it’s more like White Burgundy if they grew Sauvignon Blanc there. It’s simple gorgeous and delicious. Ripe; meyer lemon juice, pineapple, tropical melons, grapefruit with a touch of sugar, white peach, apricots, haunting green apple, pear and some lime zest. Beeswax, heather honey notes, cream and even hints of butter, vanillin, beautiful chalkiness, saline, grainy minerality, soft white spice with just a touch of heat, a shade of mint, white & yellow spring flowers with jasmine. The acidity is amazing & perfect. The long finish is, round with perfectly ripened fruits, perfect balance of fruit and earthiness, elegantly gorgeous and persists hauntingly for minutes.

Photos of; our tasting at Arkenstone with Owner-Ron and Krausz, their terrace/patio, tasting lounge and their Estate vines.

We don’t drink a lot of Sauvignon Blanc but, when we do we only really love a select few and this Arkenstone Howell Mountain is one of them.

This a varietal I feel is generally not made well by many producers. They are generally too green, grassy, mineral driven, strongly structured or are just poorly made everyday table wines.

This Arkenstone is well grown and crafted. Nothing is over done. Nothing astringent or bitty about it. There is only beauty, elegance and balance.

The nose reveals, ripe; meyer lemons, pineapple, tropical melons, grapefruit with a touch of sugar, white peach, apricots and some lime zest. Beeswax, heather honey notes, beautiful chalkiness, saline minerality, some Sugar Snap Peas, , soft white spice, a shade of mint, white & yellow spring flowers with jasmine.

The body is thick, well rounded and a little waxy. The structure and mouthfeel doesn’t over power, it’s more like White Burgundy if they grew Sauvignon Blanc there. It’s simple gorgeous and delicious. Ripe; meyer lemon juice, pineapple, tropical melons, grapefruit with a touch of sugar, white peach, apricots, haunting green apple, pear and some lime zest. Beeswax, heather honey notes, cream and even hints of butter, vanillin, beautiful chalkiness, saline, grainy minerality, soft white spice with just a touch of heat, a shade of mint, white & yellow spring flowers with jasmine. The acidity is amazing & perfect. The long finish is, round with perfectly ripened fruits, perfect balance of fruit and earthiness, elegantly gorgeous and persists hauntingly for minutes.

Photos of; our tasting at Arkenstone with Owner-Ron and Krausz, their terrace/patio, tasting lounge and their Estate vines.

Sep 2nd, 2019
Ry

Winemaker Chateau Ghetto, Cellar Stag's Leap Wine Cellars,

9.5

Beautiful wine. Well aged. Still fresh and aromatic.

Beautiful wine. Well aged. Still fresh and aromatic.

Apr 23rd, 2019
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