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$79.00 per Bottle
 Tasting Notes
The deep ruby red hues of our 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet combine with suggestive aromas of black and red fruit and spice…to signal a fragrant alert to the senses. Center-stage, flavors of blackberry, Bing cherry, and dried cranberry arrive en-pointe, with touches of tamarind, anise, pepper, and graphite further piquing the palate. With the wine’s backbone hailing from hillside sites found in the upper and lower reaches of Napa Valley, a fresh minerality and vivacity keynote the wine’s pleasing acidity and elegantly delineated structure. Twenty months of barrel-aging in 40% new French oak frame the wine with dexterity, enabling a graceful and lengthy finish. Agile, pretty, long, and focused, this lovely vintage of our calling-card Cabernet brings to mind the remarkable talents of the acclaimed actress, Natalie Portman, who in in her marquee role as prima ballerina, Nina, earned her first Academy Award as Best Actress, in the unforgettable 2010 film, Black Swan.

$99.00 per Bottle
 Ruby red in the glass, the wine’s nose invites attention, fragrant with aromas of dark Bing cherry and plum, with hints of vanilla, nutmeg, and coriander. Showing off its Howell Mountain DNA, the attack reveals concentrated flavors of ripe black cherry and black plum, accented by trances of pomegranate, tamarind and baking spices. Enhanced by the deft application of sweet oak, the wine’s silky tannins are complemented by a pleasing minerality that in their combination, reveals a pleasing structure that is layered, balanced and bold… closing to a finish characterized by persistence and resolve. Barrel-fermented, and aged 22 months in 50% new French Oak, the wine brings to mind a comparison to Smooth, the memorable collaboration between legendary guitarist, Carlos Santana, and Matchbox-Twenty’s front-man/vocalist Rob Thomas whose talents are prodigiously displayed on the Grammy-Award-winning album, Supernatural. Invoking the memorable refrain from this 1999 Santana masterpiece, our 2015 Hillside Blend may invite you to consider that…

…it's just like the ocean under the moon
Oh, it's the same as the emotion that I get from you
You got the kind of lovin' that can be so smooth…
Give me your heart, make it real or else forget about it

$129.00 per Bottle
 With an inviting nose of blackberry, plum, anise seed, and cedar, our signature 100% Cabernet presents a richly nuanced study of power, complexity, and finesse. On the palate, the attack is clearly characterized by the wine’s pleasing acidity, purity, and exceptional balance, giving way to a marvelous mélange of concentrated black fruit, cocoa nib, accented by hints of freshly drawn espresso, wet stone and flint. Smooth, creamy tannins and sweet oak contribute to the wine’s delineated structure and complexity, leading to a long and eloquent finish that resonates with gravitas and purpose. Recalling the masterful screen actor, Morgan Freeman, a comparison of “fine finishes” compels us to recall his portrayal of the humble, but profoundly wise Ellis “Red” Redding, in The Shawshank Redemption, whose soulful grace and substance are conveyed at the close of this remarkable film’s memorable rooftop scene:

“We sat and drank with the sun on our shoulders, and felt like free men. Hell, we could have been tarring the roof of one of our own houses. We were the lords of all creation. As for Andy, he spent that break hunkered in the shade, a strange little smile on his face, watching us drink his beer.”
$249.00 per Bottle