2016 Martin Ray Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Perched high above the fog line and the town of St. Helena, we gratefully procured a small amount of beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain. At 1400 feet elevation, planted in a combination of decomposed volcanic ash and red clay, this high elevation fruit tends to have more savory characteristics that it's other Napa mountain counterparts. The fruit is always late to bloom and late to ripen as it intensely concentrates the flavor and aromas, and while they tend to get twice as much rain as the valley floor, the soil remains dry due to its porous composition. This winning combination yields high tannin wine with tertiary notes like no other.
Ideal conditions from beginning to end, offering ideal results throughout. Foggy and cool mornings with minimal heat spikes.
Fermented in small 4-6 ton open top fermenters, with thrice daily pump overs for cap management. Upon finishing fermentation the wine is allowed to rest on its skins for up to a month. Aged in 6o% new French oak for 18 months.
This beautifully refined Cabernet has all the savory characters of mountain fruit coupled with earthy notes to round out its lavish profile and tannic backbone. Abundant aromas of black fruits, black licorice, and fresh cedar with a supple, velvety texture.