Grand Napa Howell Mountain Cabernet 2011

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The resilience of Napa Valley resides in this varietal Cabernet Sauvignon from the Howell Mountain AVA. What began as a cooler, wet vintage was saved by an Indian summer that allowed grapes to achieve full physiological ripeness while retaining a juicy level of acidity. Lower yields produced a wine with heady aromas and concentrated flavors of sweet black and blue fruits, licorice, baking spices, purple flowers, and a delicate mineral thread. Full-bodied, graceful, and persistent, this bottle is so accessible now, yet will continue to evolve for years to come. Finding such a classic Napa Cabernet so steeply discounted is the only reason we need to celebrate!
 
"A classic Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, deep, rich and loaded with pure blackberry, bing cherry, anise and spicy briar. This elegantly balanced Cabernet gains depth and length on the long, layered finish." ~Grand Napa Vineyards
 
 

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Unit Size750.00 ML
VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Vintage2011
GrapeCabernet Sauvignon
CountryUnited States
RegionNapa Valley
Alcohol Content14.80%

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Grand Napa Howell Mountain Cabernet 2011
 

By Grand Napa Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Howell Mountain


Technical Details
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: 100% Howell Mountian
Titratable Acidity: 5.8 g/L
pH: 3.78
Alcohol: 14.80%
Residual Sugar: 0.10 g/L

Winemaking Notes
Challenging year in the vineyard reaps rewards in the cellar. What began with a wet winter and spring continued with rainfall into mid-June that delayed bloom and disrupted fruit set resulting in shatter in parts of the region set the stage for a long, cooler-than-average growing season with a later-than- average harvest beset with autumn rain storms. The precipitation measuring season ending on June 30 found the region more than a third above normal in rainfall. The relatively cool growing season coupled with the unexpected heat spikes in late summer resulted in a late and shortened harvest with lower yields. Vintners were excited about what they were tasting from the vineyards- concentrated flavors that will materialize into elegant, structured wines, almost European in style. Cooler than average temperatures retuned again in early September, but gave way to a welcome, warm and consistent Indian Summer that was just the ticket, bringing good flavor and color development across the board.

Tasting Notes
A classic Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, deep, rich and loaded with pure blackberry, bing cherry, anise and spicy briar. This elegantly balanced Cabernet gains depth and length on the long, layered finish. Typical for the Howell Mountain appellation, this wine should age gracefully through at least 2022.
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