Cabernet Sauvignon 'Howell Mountain', O'Shaughnessy
Many of our estate vines now exhibit eighteen years of age and have established deep roots on our 120-acre hillside property. Between 1997 and 2002, we planted 29 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. We 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 our options for flavor, we utilized several different root stocks and clones for our Cabernet Sauvignon plantings. The vines span two distinct vineyards which we have the privilege of farming. 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, we were fortunate to purchase an adjacent 15 acres and have planted Cabernet Sauvignon here. These three vineyards are farmed exclusively to produce our Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Howell Mountain Merlot.
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