At over 1,400 feet above sea level, Howell Mountain vineyards benefit from a wide range between daytime warmth and cool temperatures at night. These conditions promote balanced sugar and acidity levels in grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, which enjoy the area's long growing season to provide elegantly structured reds like the 2014 release by Notre Vin. With some maturity, you'll find a complete wine where pure black and blue fruit flavors harmonize with fully integrated new French oak inflections and a polished mouthfeel. For 60% off and free shipping on two bottles, now's the time to secure your share of a Napa Valley Cab with years of development ahead!
Member Rating: 90
|Unit Size||750.00 ML
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot|
By Notre Vin
2014 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Howell Mountain wine with attractive aromas of blackberries, black cherries, and freshly cracked walnut and the recognizable minerality with crushed rock and graphite that we so often find on Howell Mountain. The silky tannins are ripe, lush, and well coated with a solid knit. It is an elegant yet dense wine with a velvety texture, great focus, and length.
This wine is produced with Cabernet Sauvignon grown at Hughes Vineyard on the west side of Howell Mountain, from Welsh on Summit Lake Drive on the north side, and Carlson Vineyard on Linda Falls Terrace, all handpicked between October 9-15 and brought to the winery in our 35 lb picking bins.
After a long hang-time, we harvested mid-October and sorted the berries on our state-of-the-art sorting tables with a crew of twelve. The must is cold soaked for about seven days, using lots of dry ice in addition to the cold glycol system to keep the must at 40 degrees F before the alcoholic fermentation starts. Extended maceration is common practice for us, and we taste each tank daily until we decide to barrel down the wine in 100% French oak barrels from 6 different coopers. The malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. No fining or filtering before bottling as we wish to preserve all the fine nuances the wine has to offer.
Appellation: 100% Howell Mountain
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Harvest: October 9, 10, 13, and 15
Aging: 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels
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2014 Notre Vin Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer: Notre Vin
From: USA, California, North Coast, Napa Valley
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Release Price: $150
Drink Date: 2016 - 2036
Reviewed by: Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Issue Date: 30th Dec 2016
Source: 228, The Wine Advocate
As for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, this is another winner, with beautiful mulberry, graphite, blueberry and black raspberry fruit, medium to full body, sweet tannin, good, vibrant acidity, terrific delineation and focus, and a long finish of a good 40+ seconds. This is elegance at its best and a beautiful example of Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain)
Producer: Notre Vin
Place of Origin: United States, Napa Valley
Grape/Blend: [...] Cabernet Sauvignon, [...] Cabernet Franc, [...] Petit Verdot
From: Napa Valley Trilogy: 2014, 2015 and 2016 (Dec 2016)
Reviewed By: Antonio Galloni on October 2016
A big, savory wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain packs a serious punch. Today, the Howell Mountain Cabernet is marked by slightly burly tannins and a rough around the edges feel. It is also still in tank awaiting bottling, which may account for its somewhat angular, aggressive showing in this tasting.