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90 Plus Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

The vineyards of Howell Mountain are sparsely planted on slopes above the valley in the northeastern Vaca Range. At this elevation the sun is bright, the air is dry and the nights are cool. The later-ripening, thick-skinned Cabernet Sauvignon grows exceptionally well in these conditions, making crimson-colored, luxurious red wines with real aging potential. Soils are comprised mostly of sedimentary sandstone and volcanic rock mixed with some clay. The lack of soil fertility naturally helps control vine vigor resulting in riper flavors and texture, while the cool mountain air preserves freshness.

Bunches are hand-harvested, sorted and destemmed prior to fermentation. The juice and skins macerate for a week or more post fermentation and then are racked into barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation. The wine spends nearly two years in French oak barrique (about two-thirds new) prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

nky ruby in color with sweet scented aromas of ripe blackberries and black cherries complimented by savory dark chocolate, rosebud, and cedar. The wine is full-bodied and silky with an intense fruitiness rounded out by flavors of dried flower petals, vanilla, and tobacco. plum, and violet. An array of fruity, herbal and floral notes floods the palate, encapsulated by a subtle vanilla toastiness. Few Napa Valley wines combine weight and power with such graceful, and delicate sensitivity.

ABV: 14.6%