Bravante Vineyards

2014 Howell Mountain Merlot

Red Blend •Bravante Estate

California: Napa Valley: Howell Mountain

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$70.00
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Mission Briefing

Codename:

Bravi, bravo, bravissimi, bravissimo!

“Loads to love.”Jeb Dunnuck

Howell Mountain - those two words on just about any bottle make our hearts go pitter-patter. And getting this masterclass in balance and style from a premier boutique winery for nearly half off!? Well, that just about has us ready to run through a wall.

Anyone who’s serious about Cabernet knows some of these small producers on Howell absolutely crush it. And if you’re looking for a case study in how Merlot can stand up to, or dare we say even surpass Cabernet’s strength and finesse, here it is for a one-time-only, while it lasts 44% window of opportunity.

“Plush, supple and seamlessly long” sings James in his glowing review, while Jeb chimes in with “nicely concentrated” in his. Noir took one sip and added “oh mama!”.

This blends in 8% Cabernet Franc which adds a touch of minerality. Gaining nothing but polish with six years in the bottle, it’s pumped full of deep, dark black fruit and savory elements. Blackberry jam for days, black cherry, and cassis along with sweet soil, smoke meats, and savory herbs all wrapped up in a band of vanilla and oak. Mouthcoating, brooding, and straight-up shocking to anyone who thinks Merlot needs to be some insipid, boring style, while still seamless and balanced front to back with a finish that never ends.

Bravante has one of the coolest named winemakers around - Duane ‘D-Cubed’ Dappen, and as an alum of Frank Family, Rombauer, and Grgich Hills, he also has the chops to work this mountain fruit into a voluminous, unrestrained tour de force.

Experience what all the hype is about, claim your bottles briskly before they disappear.

93 Points – James Suckling

“Subtly earthy nuances across ripe red plums and blackberries, leading to a plush, supple and seamlessly long, fresh palate. Impressive depth and focus here. Drink or hold.”

91 Points – Jeb Dunnuck

“As with all three of the Merlot releases, it’s nicely textured, balanced, and thoroughly enjoyable, with ample character. The same blend and élevage, the 2014 Merlot is more open and expressive, with complex notes of spice, cherries, incense, dried herbs, and hints of chocolate. It too is nicely concentrated, textured, and well-balanced, with loads to love. Drink 2019-2029.”

Tasting Profile

Look:

A vibrant ruby peeks through a near opaque core, turning mildly garnet towards the rim

Smell:

Blackberry jam for days, black cherry, and cassis along with sweet soil, smoke meats, and savory herbs all wrapped up in a band of vanilla and oak

Taste:

The Cabernet Franc component adds a touch of minerality, gaining nothing but polish with six years in the bottle, it’s pumped full of deep, dark black fruit and savory elements

Finish:

Mouthcoating, brooding, and straight-up shocking to anyone who thinks Merlot needs to be some insipid, boring style, while still seamless and balanced front to back with a finish that never ends

Pairing:

Rich enough for hearty fare, while with an elegance and finesse that would be accentuated with a simple aged cheese and charcuterie spread

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Duane Dappen
Vintage
2014
Varietals
92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc
Appellation
Howell Mountain
Alcohol
14.6%
Vineyard
Bravante Estate
Alcohol
%14.6
Total acidity
6.5 g/L
pH
3.5
Bottling date
September 2016
Aging
22 months
Barrels
35% new French oak

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Feb 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm
$70.00
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