2008 Howell at the Moon
Single Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Release date: September 2012
Cases produced: 900/750 ml, Lillian vineyard. 50/750 ml, The Knoll vineyard

Winemaking and Harvest 2008
The harvest was defined by light rainfall in Winter and Spring that set the vines up for a low vigor year, and produced small canopies and very, very small berries. Less vine growth is easier to manage, so long as the crop load is appropriately balanced. The fruit clusters began the year with fewer than usual flowers, as a result of the cool spring of 2007 when these smaller clusters were laid down for our current year. A week of warm temperatures in March gave us early budbreak, rapid growth and flowering about ten days earlier than typical, but changable weather during flowering caused some shatter (when flowers do not set fruit), an event rare in Cabernet but common in Malbec and Merlot. The slight shatter made the already small open clusters even lighter. Given the smaller vines, this lighter crop load was naturally closer to balance and required less vineyard work to balance the vines. We still came through and performed a post-veraison green drop, where the last ripe fruit is removed, as this is an essential step to control fruit quality. Overall, the growing season was mild and fairly cool which promoted even and gradual development with the exception of a late August heat spike that quickened sugar accumulation, and early cold snaps in late September sent the vines into fall senescence in October.

Tasting Notes 2008
This 2008 vintage can be defined as deep red and blue tinged in hue, the aroma's are of blackberry, tea, cherry, crushed rose, smoke, and spice. Cherry and bramble carry through in the flavors on the palate, and are joined by pencil-lead, tobacco, and cedar and a silky mid-palate. The wine finishes with structured tannins, smoke, spice and dark brambly fruit. Can cellar to 2020.

Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest: October 23rd 2007
Vineyard: Lillian's home vineyard
A.V.A.: Howell Mountain
Elevation: 2000 feet
Soil Type: Volcanic ash
Rootstock: 3309 and 112
Clones: 337, 1, and 4
Alcohol: 14.9%
PH: 3.8
Total Acidity: 0.57
Brix: 25.2
Winemaker: Timothy Milos and Sarah Gott
Soil Consultant: Dr Daniel Roberts
Vineyard Mgt.: Pina Brothers
Bottling Date: August 2010

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2007 Howell at The Moon Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Napa Valley.
This wine made from our mountain vineyard shows its characteristic Howell Mountain origin: dark, brooding, bramble, smoke, and spice on the nose, blackberry, cherry, tea, cocoa, and cassis flavors carry through the finish, supported by a rich mouthfeel, balanced acidity and firm but well developed mountain tannins. tinged in hue, the aroma's are of black raspberry, blueberry, cherry, crushed rose, smoke, and spice. Cherry and bramble carry through in the flavors on the palate, and are joined by pencil-lead, tobacco, and fall leaf and a silky, smooth mid-palate. The wine finishes with supple tannins, smoke, spice and dark brambly fruit. While the tannins are very well resolved, there is enough grip to reward cellaring.

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The 2006 Howell at the Moon is SOLD OUT.

Our 06 opens with aromas of spice, blackberry, plum, and tea. The palate is full and rich, yielding violet, black currant, and cherry fruit balanced with graham cracker, fall leaf, sandalwood and pencil shavings, all delivered on firm but open grained tannins. As the wine finishes flavors turn to blackberry, mocha, and anise, carried on mountain tannins. Beautiful now with decanting, the wine will continue to develop for a decade or more.

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The 2005 Howell at the Moon is SOLD OUT.

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The 2004 Howell at the Moon is SOLD OUT. For more information, please contact marc@howellatthemoonwine.com.

The 04 invites you to the glass with its seductive aromas of ripe cherries, violets and cassis and its deep purple-red color. The palate beguiles with the sumptuous flavors of juicy black cherry, red currant, and bramble, complimented with cedar, pencil lead, and toasty oak. The rich fruit is supported by the wine’s massive structure, truly powerful Howell Mountain fine grained, fully ripened tannins. The wine lingers with hints of violet, wood-smoke and brown sugar that complete the long finish. Decant it and enjoy its luscious youth, or be patient and be rewarded with silkiness and complexity.

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