Howell Mountain Hillside Blend

2011 Moone Tsai Howell Mountain Hillside Blend

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Richly deep and crimson in hue, the wine's aromas signal what's in-store by way of its bold dark fruits, and spice. With a notable swagger, the wine’s arrival is trumpeted with notes of rustic black cherry and wild strawberry, accented by anise and savory sage. Brazenly concentrated, and rustic through the mid-palate, the wine evens its disposition with a balanced acidity and deliciously chewy finish. Aged twenty six months in French oak (67% new), the wine is a resounding testimonial to this heralded appellation, and will age handsomely in the bottle over the next 5-10 years.

With its beguiling combination of wild mountain fruit sourced from this legendary AVA, our 2011 Howell Mountain Hillside Blend is a striking example of power, place and derring-do.

The grapes that made this wine were grown in an east-facing hillside Howell Mountain vineyard perched 2100 feet above the Napa Valley floor. The terraced vineyard is planted on an extreme slope, producing thick-skinned clusters capable of creating a wine with intensity, structure, elegance, and weight.

Varietal Composition: 42% Merlot, 58% Cabernet
Vineyards: Howell Mountain - Block J1, N1, O2
Production: 596 cases
Harvest Date: October 24 - November 2, 2011
Cooperage: 67% new French oak, 33% 2-yr. oak: St. Martin, Baron, Ermitage
Bottle Date: January 27, 2014
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Retail Price (750ml): $95/bottle