Howell at the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Knoll Vineyard


Day of Harvest 10/20/15

Brix at Harvest 26.9

Days on skins: 39

pH 3.78

TA 5.2 g/L

alcohol 14.9%

residual sugar <0.02g/L

This wine is a made exclusively from the UCD 7 clone of Cabernet Sauvignon grown in mineral ash and decomposed volcanic rock. The fruit was hand selected and sorted prior to destemming and the berries were sorted after destemming to remove any imperfect fruit. This small lot underwent native fermentation in an open-top tank, managed with hand punch downs and along extended maceration. The new wine was racked into carefully selected new French oak barrels and aged for twenty months. Deep blue-red in hue, the wine's aromas are of blackcurrant, cherry, crushed rose, smoke, and spice. Cherry and currant flavors carry through in the flavors on the generous palate and are joined by pencil-lead, fall leaf, and cedar. The wine finishes with fine-structured tannins, espresso and dark fruit. This full-bodied Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well for a decade or more.