Red Cap Vineyards
2009 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley: Howell Mountain
Today’s wine from Red Cap Vineyards was the clear highlight of our most recent tasting panel. We love our high elevation Cabs, and today’s 2009 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is everything we hoped it would be.
High elevation vines are well known for their low yields and distinct terroir notes. These are clearly evident in today’s wine, with hints of minerality and dried herbs that are hallmarks of high elevation. But leave it to master winemaker Rudy Zuidema to frame these elements with bold dark fruit and hints of spice - or in other words, the complete Cabernet package.
We were only able to get our hands on a few cases of today’s wine, so please don’t hesitate - this is one not to miss!
Deepest, darkest scarlet at its heart, with a bright ruby along the edge.
Aromatic notes of blackberry, sweet plum, and raspberry are framed by tobacco leaf, fresh forest floor, toasted oaky spice, a hint of eucalyptus, and pomegranate black tea.
A delicious wine, with dark fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherry mingling with lovely terroir elements of freshly tilled earth, sweet tobacco leaf, river rock minerality, sandalwood, and a touch of caramel.
Long and lasting on the finish, with a Cab lover’s structure and mouthfeel.
Beef Stroganoff served with fresh local mushrooms and served atop a bed of egg noodles.
What the Winery Says
- Rudy Zuidema
- Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 27 months in French oak barrels
- Case Production
- 300 Cases