Neal Family Vineyards

Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

9.386 ratings
9.28 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Ryan Wofford

I thought the previous #coravin killed this one but after about 3 hrs it reopened for Business

I thought the previous #coravin killed this one but after about 3 hrs it reopened for Business

Aug 12th, 2017
Bernard Rethore

Owner, Fion Wines

9.1

Back in 2006, I had the good fortune to invest in a box of the Neal vineyard designated bottlings pre-release. They have been sleeping in my cellar ever since. Last night, Tony the Fish, who is a frequent contributor to these pages, arrived with a bottle of the 2010 Neal cab sav. It was a solid effort and Mrs Fish quite enjoyed it. As we finished the bottle I remembered I had some of the 2003 vineyard designated wines in the back of the cellar and figured it was time to check in on them. We started with the Second Chance from Atlas Peak. Generally I am a mountain fruit guy, and like the volcanic soil that yields low yielding structured wines. There was plenty of stuffing left after 11 years, and a nice contrast to the 2010 cab sav blend. We then moved to Chafen. Another mountain- Howell this time, slightly lower elevation vineyard. This wine was bigger than the Second Chance with mouthfuls of ripe cassis, berry fruit and coffee- almost a cocoa powder character to it. The final wine of the night - and best of show - was the Howell Mountain Estate. Dark rich tannins with intense velvety chocolate cake flavors. This was a fun night going from the 2010 blend to the all 2003 single vineyard designates. Most of us aren't patient enough or buy them as a group so you can taste them altogether at once. Everyone should do this from to time. It reminds me at least of how different climate and soil can be in the same year. It's even better with friends. Thank you Mr Fish for the inspiration.

Back in 2006, I had the good fortune to invest in a box of the Neal vineyard designated bottlings pre-release. They have been sleeping in my cellar ever since. Last night, Tony the Fish, who is a frequent contributor to these pages, arrived with a bottle of the 2010 Neal cab sav. It was a solid effort and Mrs Fish quite enjoyed it. As we finished the bottle I remembered I had some of the 2003 vineyard designated wines in the back of the cellar and figured it was time to check in on them. We started with the Second Chance from Atlas Peak. Generally I am a mountain fruit guy, and like the volcanic soil that yields low yielding structured wines. There was plenty of stuffing left after 11 years, and a nice contrast to the 2010 cab sav blend. We then moved to Chafen. Another mountain- Howell this time, slightly lower elevation vineyard. This wine was bigger than the Second Chance with mouthfuls of ripe cassis, berry fruit and coffee- almost a cocoa powder character to it. The final wine of the night - and best of show - was the Howell Mountain Estate. Dark rich tannins with intense velvety chocolate cake flavors. This was a fun night going from the 2010 blend to the all 2003 single vineyard designates. Most of us aren't patient enough or buy them as a group so you can taste them altogether at once. Everyone should do this from to time. It reminds me at least of how different climate and soil can be in the same year. It's even better with friends. Thank you Mr Fish for the inspiration.

1 person found it helpfulDec 21st, 2014
Steven Gullo

So lush and hedonistic.

So lush and hedonistic.

Jan 13th, 2017
Andrew S

It's all there too!

It's all there too!

Jul 31st, 2016
Michael Hildbold

Great savory Howell cab. Little Brett but nice.

Great savory Howell cab. Little Brett but nice.

Feb 25th, 2014
Jason Muniz

Really good tones

Really good tones

May 15th, 2021
Alan Hyde

Enjoyable. Deep ruby/burgundy color.

Enjoyable. Deep ruby/burgundy color.

Mar 15th, 2021
Byron Hewett

Ok. Not great.

Ok. Not great.

Aug 3rd, 2020
Andrew Keenan

2014 Vintage

2014 Vintage

Feb 13th, 2019
Tyler Stephens

Oh so tasty, crisp fruit low tannins makes you go back for more. Soft vanilla. Will never suck only sucked

Oh so tasty, crisp fruit low tannins makes you go back for more. Soft vanilla. Will never suck only sucked

Nov 22nd, 2018