2017 HALL Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon - Vineyard Partners
Effusive aromas of blackberry, freshly turned earth and subtly warm toasty oak notes. The palate is dense and richly concentrated with fine grained tannin. Flavors of dark chocolate, dark berry compote, and hints of dried thyme and leather are abundant. The finish on this wine is powerful and alive, with just a hint of soil driven mineral on the finish. This is a wine that was built for aging, and will gracefully soften over the next decade...
Perched 1400 feet above the valley floor, Howell Mountain is well above the fog line. This natural inversion layer assures the vineyards are drenched in sunlight from daybreak to sunset. Cooler spring temperatures cause buds to break later than average, and warm summer nights produce fruit of opulence and density. With rocky, infertile volcanic soils, the water is freely drained and the vines struggle and are low in vigor, producing intense wines from small clusters and berries.