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2015 Howell Mountain Hillside Blend

 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

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$129.00 per Bottle

Vineyard Notes

The grapes that made this wine were grown in an east-facing hillside Howell Mountain vineyard perched 2100 feet above the Napa Valley floor, located just outside the Rancho. The terraced vineyard is planted on an extreme slope, producing thick-skinned clusters capable of creating a wine with intensity, structure, elegance, and weight.

Production Notes

Varietal Composition: 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Vineyards: Howell Mountain – IG-01, P-2 Production: 700 cases Harvest Date: September 11 – 15th 2015 Cooperage: 50% new French oak - St. Martin, Baron, Ermitage Bottle Date: February 15, 2017 Release Date: Scheduled for September 2018
Vintage 2015
Size 750 ml