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Howell Mountain Vineyards 2013 Petit Verdot

Howell Mountain Vineyards

2013 Petit Verdot
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Napa Valley, CA


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Tasting Notes:

This powerhouse of a wine is inky dark red with hints of garnet. The nose is a journey by itself, like a bowl full of wild blueberries and blackberry liqueur. Get lost in the soft floral aromas and hints of herbs. Intensity greets your palate as flavors of black fruits, lilacs and sage wash over the tongue. It is structured and complex with gripping tannins that stand up to, and balance, the other bold elements of this wine. Its mountain origins are on full display. An hour of decanting will release the full scope of beautiful fruit. 

Tasting notes by Denise Cody, Chief Operating Angel
  • Grapes
    100% Petit Verdot
  • Region
    Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, CA
  • Production
    100 cases
  • Alcohol
  • Ageability
    Enjoy over the next 5-7 years

Bryan Kane

About the Winemaker:
A native of Michigan, Bryan Kane stayed in California after earning an MBA from UCLA. Northern California was a draw for him, and his winemaking adventure began out of his garage in San Francisco. His love for the industry continued to grow, and eventually led him to Lake County within the Red Hills Lake County Appellation, just north of the Napa Valley. Here, he began Sol Rouge Winery, where he now make small batch estate wines. Awarded Winemaker of the Year 2015 by American Fine Wine Competition, Bryan is also the winemaker behind the minimal intervention wines of Howell Mountain Vineyards in Napa Valley.
About the Vineyard:
The best place on earth just “above the fog”. -Howell Mountain Vintners & Growers Association
Howell Mountain, positioned well above the valley floor, is generally sunny and cool, with warmer evening temperatures and cooler daytime temps. While it sees almost twice as much rainfall as the valley, the soil is typically dry due to its rocky, porous conditions which provide adequate drainage and less accumulation. The AVA's primary soil types include “tufa”, or decomposed volcanic ash, and a high iron content red clay soil. Both nutrient poor, they cause stress on the vines, leading to more intense wines of smaller berry clusters.
Additional Winemaker Notes:
  • 2013 was one of the best Napa vintages in recent history.
  • The winemaking philosophy is one of minimal intervention, taking full advantage of the distinctive terroir and the natural factors that make the Howell Mountain Appellation so unique.
  • Minimal use of fine French oak barrels is utilized to support the wine and not to distract from the unique Howell Mountain characteristics.
  • Old-world winemaking methods are used: native yeast, natural secondary fermentation, minimal racking, no fining or filtering.
Food Pairing Suggestions:
With its bold style, concentrated fruit and prominent tannins, this wine needs richer, full dishes to compliment it. Experiment with grilled ribeye, BBQ brisket, roasted rack of lamb, spicy sausage and red sauce pasta. Pair with hard and/or aged cheeses such as Stilton, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Manchego and Cheddar.
About the Winery
Howell Mountain Vineyards Howell Mountain Vineyards (HMV) and the famed Beatty Ranch Vineyard, the vineyard site for all HMV grapes, are led by grower Mike Beatty. Mike, along with his two sons, farm the land and do so with conscious awareness for the environment by embracing bioharmonic philosophy. HMV was one of the first wineries since the region’s revival post-prohibition. Learn more