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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”.
Due to the limited availability of this item, the maximum order quantity is 6.

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.”
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
Size 750 ml