2018 Howell Mtn Cabernet Sauvignon
Stressed Vines' 2018 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a single vineyard on Howell Mountain, overlooking Napa Valley. The wine has a wonderful dark inky purple color with notes of licorice, black currant and blackberry fruits as well as the signature elements of spices, graphite and leather. On the palate the wine shows a nuanced richness with the perfect balance of tannins and just the right hint of oak.
The single vineyard grapes are carefully hand sorted prior to destemming then gravity fed into small closed macro-bins where the fruit is then cold-soaked for 4 days to gently extract the flavors, color and tannins. The fruit is pressed off following a 10 day fermentation and 5 day extended maceration. The “free run” juice and pressed off juice is then placed in a combination of new and once used French oak barrels for 22 months before being bottled and rested 6 additional months.