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2009 Howell Mountain Hillside Blend

2009 Howell Mountain Hillside Blend

Our 2009 Howell Mountain Hillside Blend is a powerful, concentrated wine that bears the hallmarks of this legendary growing region “above the fog”.

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Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2009
Varietal: Red Wine Blend
Varietal Composition:
75% Merlot
25% Cabernet
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: September 17-24, 2009
Aging: 60% new French oak, 40% 2-yr oak - St. Martin, Baron, Ermitage
Tasting Notes:

Richly deep, dark red in hue, the wine presents a nose of wild berries and peppercorns. The mouth is dense and powerful, with black cherry, white pepper, and captivatingly complex dark, savory flavors. 24-months of aging in French oak provides the subtlety of sweet barrel spices that sustain throughout the finish. This wine is sure to evolve in the bottle over the next 5-10 years.

The grapes that made this wine were grown in an east-facing hillside Howell Mountain vineyard perched 2100 feet above the Napa Valley floor. The terraced vineyard is planted on an extreme slope, producing thick-skinned clusters capable of creating a wine with intensity, structure, elegance, and weight. Mountain lion and bear tracks are not uncommon finds in this remote vineyard.

Vineyard Notes:

Howell Mountain – Block J1, N1, O2

Winemaker Notes:

Philippe Melka, Bordeaux-bred (Chateau Haut Brion, Petrus) and– recently heralded by Robert Parker as one of the top nine winemakers in the world. “Where possible, I will minimize winemaking techniques in the cellar so I can create a wine that tells the story of the vineyard. In the end, it must be about the fruit.”


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