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Fiancetto - Howell Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

Price: $65.00

Producer Fiancetto
Country U.S.
Region California
Subregion Howell Mountain - Napa Valley
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2021
Sku 010913
ABV 14.90%

Ry Richards refined his hand crafting complex, vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon under the tutelage of Phil Titus at Chappellet Vineyards. Ry is a Napa insider, totally dialed into the grower network. He knows which top vineyards have gone from 10-year contracts to one-year agreements, where cash on the barrel a few months before harvest might garner an incredible deal. At Fiancetto, Ry's goal is to utilize his connections to craft lush Cabernet that speaks to its place of origin. 2019 is his second vintage making wine from Howell Mountain fruit. This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a 30-year-old vineyard located at the northern end of the Mountain, grown on shallow, well drained, rocky soils.

Howell Mountain AVA is one of Napa's most distinct and delicious appellations, known for producing intensely structured, full-bodied wines that age extremely well. The vineyards from 1,400 to 2,000 feet, so while the valley floor is blanketed in fog, these high elevation mountain vineyards are basking in sunlight. The unique mountain microclimate provides cooler days and warmer nights compared to the valley, which, combined with the volcanic ash “tufa” and iron-rich red clay soils, produce small bunches of tiny berries the yield enormous color, concentration and flavor.  In the glass, the Fiancetto Howell Mountain Cabernet shows an opaque purple with brilliant violet reflections. Aromas of blackberry jam, blueberries, gingerbread, sweet spices and tobacco explode from the glass. The palate is packed with flavors of macerated currants and blueberries alongside notes of cigar wrapper and baking spice. The tannins are powerful and thick, coating the mouth and framing the decadent concentration of fruits and a lively mineral spine that permeates the wine through its long, potent finish. Enjoy with marinated or dry-rubbed steaks on the grill. 

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