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Howell Mountain Hillside Blend

2010 Moone Tsai Howell Mountain Hillside Blend

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With its beguiling blend of wild mountain fruit sourced from this legendary AVA, our 2010 Howell Mountain Hillside Blend is a striking example of power, precision and derring-do.

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Richly deep and dark red in hue, the wine's aromas tease with rich red fruit and spice. The mouth, deftly presents a dramatic juxtaposition best characterized as "Marilyn Monroe meets Margaret Thatcher" at once beckoning alluringly, only to reveal a focused vigor, graced by austere elegance. Upon the palate, the wine is powerful and precise, evoking ripe black cherry, freshness, minerality, and a hint of eucalyptus. Twenty six months of aging in French oak provides the subtlety of sweet barrel spices and toast that sustain throughout the finish. This wine is undoubtedly big, and sure to evolve handsomely in the bottle over the next 5-10 years.

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. Notwithstanding the curious 2010 growing season, the merlot was picked at 27 Brix, with the cabernet picked 3 weeks later at 26 Brix.

Varietal Composition: 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet
Vineyards: Howell Mountain - Block J1, N1, O2
Production: 446 cases
Harvest Date: October 4 - 21, 2010
Cooperage: 67% new French oak, 33% 2-yr. oak: St. Martin, Baron, Ermitage
Bottle Date: March 11, 2013
Release Date: September 16, 2013
Retail Price (750ml): $90/bottle

2011 Moone Tsai Howell Mountain Hillside Blend

Scheduled for Release - September 2014

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.

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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 2014