Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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Our Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is produced each year from our 9.5 acre Estate Vineyard situated along the summit ridge of Howell Mountain at 2300' elevation. The Howell Mountain AVA begins at 1400 feet to include those vineyards that exist above the inversion layer and the fog line. Of all of the vineyards we own and manage, the variation in soils and microclimates within this small property make it the most challenging to farm. The yields are on average a meager 1.8 tons to the acre, but the fruit possesses a rare power and expression of site. Though the tannin structure is off the charts each year in quantity, the tannins are supple and round, allowing a measure of grace in youth for such a long lived wine.