2009 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
We've been sourcing fruit from various Howell Mountain vineyards from the beginning and are continualy blown away by the overall quality of fruit from this appelation in the mountains east of St Helena. If we could have only one vineyard, it would likely be here, with its iron rich red Aiken soils, cool days, and moderate temperatures.This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and 100% Howell Mountain. Eighty-five percent of the blend is comprised of the classic clone 7 — or "Wente" clone — of cabernet sauvignon. Originally from the old Wente vineyard in Livermore, it made it's way into the Napa Valley via Geroge De Latour's Beaulieu Vineyard. The remaining fifteen percent is clone 4, also known as the "Mendoza" clone, the cuttings having arrived in California for the first time in the 1960's. Clone 4 is known to be a moderate producer with great intensity.