We recently attended a Howell Mountain trade tasting in San Francisco called Above the Fog. It was an enjoyable tasting hosted by the Howell Mountain Vintners and Growers Association at the Golden Gate Club. 2012 and 2013 wines were featured, some producers pouring 2010, 2011 and older. In general, 2012 Napa Valley Cabernets tend to be big full bodied wines that will show well young. In contrast, 2012 Howell Mountain are lighter bodied and more restrained. 2013 is looking to be an exceptional vintage for nearly all of the Napa Valley.
The standout producer of this tasting was KrisTodd. Their wines were fantastic and we highly recommend them. It is our first time tasting their wine, no track record, but the quality of what they poured was exceptional. The following are all wines tasted that best represent the three things we look for (Balance, Complexity, and Ageworthy).
2012 Howell at the Moon Cabernet
2011 KrisTodd Vineyards Cabernet
2009 KrisTodd Vineyards Cabernet
2012 La Jota Vineyard W.S. Keyes Merlot
2012 O’Shaughnessy Cabernet
2011 Retro Cellars Petite Sirah
2012 W.H. Smith SOLO Blend
2012 Arkenstone Obsidian Cabernet Blend
2010 Bravante Vineyards Reserve
2013 Cakebread Cellars Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet
2012 Cimarossa Rive di Cimarossa Cabernet
1992 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet
2010 Howell at the Moon Knoll Vineyard Cabernet
2012 La Jota Cabernet
2012 Prim Family Cabernet
We enjoyed Howell Mountain Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux style blends the most, Merlot showed less complexity. Cheers to the Howell Mountain Vintners and Growers Association for a very enjoyable tasting.
Santa Rosa Fine Wine