Cabernet Sauvignon 'Howell Mountain'
Cabernet Sauvignon 'Howell Mountain', O'Shaughnessy
Many of the estate vines now exhibit eighteen years of age and have established deep roots on our 120-acre hillside property. Between 1997 and 2002, the team planted 29 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. They also cultivated 6 acres of all eight of the Bordeaux blending varietals, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Carmenere, St. Macaire, and Gros Verdot. In pursuit of maximizing the options for flavor, they utilized several different root stocks and clones for the Cabernet Sauvignon plantings. The vines span two distinct vineyards which. The Amphitheater vineyard derives its name from its shape across the hillside. The Rancho del Oso vineyard, nearest the winery, boasts a resident black bear who visits from time to time. In 2012, they were fortunate to purchase an adjacent 15 acres and have planted Cabernet Sauvignon there. These three vineyards are farmed exclusively to produce the Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Howell Mountain Merlot.