Neal Family Vineyards

Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

9.460 ratings
9.27 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Steven Gullo

So lush and hedonistic.

So lush and hedonistic.

Jan 13th, 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.

Dec 21st, 2014
Michael Hildbold

Great savory Howell cab. Little Brett but nice.

Great savory Howell cab. Little Brett but nice.

Feb 25th, 2014
Nate

At Moshulu on my birthday with Liz Nate and Jack. Fucking awesome.

At Moshulu on my birthday with Liz Nate and Jack. Fucking awesome.

Jul 4th, 2017
Steve Mitchell

What's not to like about this 2007 Neal Cabernet!
It's the "Bees Knees"

What's not to like about this 2007 Neal Cabernet!
It's the "Bees Knees"

May 15th, 2017
Paul Jakubowski

Can't go wrong with Neal! What a value! Powerful nose leads to deep olive, cherry, and tar flavors. Excellent structure with some nice smoke and tobacco hints on the finish. Try it blind and you'll be extremely impressed!

Can't go wrong with Neal! What a value! Powerful nose leads to deep olive, cherry, and tar flavors. Excellent structure with some nice smoke and tobacco hints on the finish. Try it blind and you'll be extremely impressed!

Feb 15th, 2017
Kelly Richardson

An amazing wine - so much fruit and so bold, yet so smooth and consistent. I want more of this wine!!!

An amazing wine - so much fruit and so bold, yet so smooth and consistent. I want more of this wine!!!

Jan 20th, 2017
Amy DeGustino

Great wine

Great wine

Dec 31st, 2016
Melissa Shabinsky

Ine of my faves!

Ine of my faves!

Nov 20th, 2016