The relief of adequate winter rainfall after several years of drought was welcomed by growers and vines throughout the North Coast. Our concern this growing season was managing vigorous canopies and drying down the vineyard after some late April rains and a cool spring. This season was a return to normal, if a touch cool to begin with, alternating between modest heat and cool, with a few heat spells, particularly over labor day weekend. The weather remained warm and an extreme windstorm on Sunday night October 8th, coupled with downed power lines, led to fires that ravaged the north coast for weeks. The fires for us were a serious risk and concern, threatening us from every cardinal direction, but we were spared direct impact. Many friends and valley neighbors were less fortunate, losing homes, businesses and vineyards to the fires. Our community has recovered in the years following, ready as ever to offer our hospitality and the products of our remarkable landscape to the world.
2017 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Notes
Another savory vintage, the wine opens with sweet spice, mocha and black fruit scents. Sweet espresso and chocolate greet the palate, framing blackberry, cherry, and raspberry flavors, while refined tannins carry the flavors of blackberry liquer through the long round finish. We suggest enjoying it with decanting and over the next 5 years.