With the rave reviews and rapid sell-out of its 2012 predecessor, our 2013 Howell Mountain Hillside Blend finds itself on the heels of a very “tough act to follow.” And yet, our prized blocks on this rustic hillside have come through once again…delivering a resounding testimonial to this remarkable AVA high above the fog line.
Deeply garnet in color, the wine presents a fascinating nose – expressing beguiling notes of black cherry, cedar, and hints of eucalyptus. The wine’s playful aromatics, however, prove to be a clever feint for the “dare-me” dance on the palate that ensues. Rich ripe, intense flavors intermingle teasingly …calling out juicy blackberries and blueberries accented by wet stone, and a touch of savory wild mushrooms. While the wine’s underlying structure, complexity and nectary palate weight provide an unmistakable bass-line to its exuberant flavors and chewy tannins, the wine comes together splendidly for a finish that is long and satisfying. Carefully aged with 31% new French oak for 25 months, the wine will age handsomely over the next 12-15 years.