Duckhorn 'Howell Mountain' Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Pack 2016 & 2017 | FREE Accessory Pack
Enjoy 2 beautiful vintages of the Duckhorn ‘Howell Mountain’ Cabernet Sauvignon and a free accessory pack (two Duckhorn Portfolio Special Edition Glasses and one Duckhorn Portfolio Wine Opener) at a superbly discounted price.
Duckhorn Vineyards has sourced grapes from this distinctive region for more than a quarter century and has crafted a Howell Mountain bottling since 1989. Recognized as one of the Napa Valley’s most acclaimed winegrowing regions, grapes from Howell Mountain are famous for producing age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignons with rich, deep color and excellent structure. To encourage further complexity, we bottle-age this mountain-grown wine one year longer than our other wines prior to release.
Duckhorn ‘Howell Mountain’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
In the Vineyards
2016 offered another near-perfect vintage in Napa Valley! While much-needed rain during the winter months helped to replenish our reservoirs, a dry spring and summer, with moderate temperatures and plenty of sunshine, led to another early harvest. Our first white grapes came into the winery on August 3rd, with the remainder of our whites following at an even, steady pace. A few weeks of ideally timed cool weather in early September provided additional hangtime, yielding bright acids and beautifully articulated flavors in our early ripening reds. Warm, dry weather for the remainder of the season allowed the rest of our grapes to develop rich, concentrated flavors, with polished tannins and wonderful complexity.
Comments from the Winemaker
A wine of power and grandeur, this mountain-grown Cabernet displays beautiful aromas of huckleberry, black cherry, brambly blackberry and plum, as well as notes of savory tobacco leaf and brown sugar. On the palate, the voluptuous fruit flavors are supported by robust mountain tannins and an age-worthy structure, with notes of candied red cherry, baking spice, cigar box and herbs adding layered complexity to a remarkably long finish.
Varietal Content: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates: September 26 – October 11
Average Sugar at Harvest: 27.0°
Brix Cooperage 100%
French oak Barrel Aging: 24 months total 18 months new/6 months neutral
Duckhorn ‘Howell Mountain’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
The 2017 growing season began with abundant winter rains, followed by a warm, dry spring that led to a perfectly timed budbreak. In addition to replenishing the water table, the early season rains produced robust canopies, which provided invaluable shade during a week-long heat event that kicked harvest into gear during the last week of August. This was followed by a much-needed cooldown that allowed the vines to recuperate, while also giving us extra hangtime for flavor development and tannin resolution. We harvested throughout September and into early October, with the grapes showing lovely ripeness and quality, yielding plush, polished and wonderfully complex wine.
The nose offers an explosion of dark mountain fruit with decadent aromas of raspberry-filled chocolates, black currant, mulberry and huckleberry jam, as well as more savory notes of cedar and spice. On the palate, firm mountain tannins underscore this wine’s opulence and ageability, framing the blackberry, fig and black currant flavors, with bright underlying acidity providing poise and finesse to the long, layered finish.
appellation: Napa Valley
sub-appellation: Howell Mountain
varietal composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
oak profile & aging: Aged a total of 24 months 18 months in new French oak followed by 6 months in neutral barrels
Availability: 6 in stock