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Review 2016 Aloft Howell Mountain 750ml

2016 Aloft Howell Mountain 750ml

($185.00 Incl. tax)
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Farmed by Jim Barbour of Barbour, Hundred Acre, Entre Nous, Amuse Bouche, and owned by the Mondavi Sisters, this hedonistic gem is an absolute showstopper showing both the plushness and finesse that Napa Valley shows at its heights.
About the Wine

Tasting Notes

The terroir of the Cold Springs Vineyard continues to provide the foundation for the palate and aromas we love so much – blackberry, blueberry, lavender, anise, cran-apple, and semi-sweet chocolate. This stunning Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a palate nearly identical to the aromas. To paint you a picture, the palate is reminiscent of a raspberry Danish glazed with milk chocolate and a blueberry pie baked by Grandma. Additional layers of complexity unravel notes of chocolate covered caramel, anise, coffee, black tea leaf, and a freshly rolled cigar.

About This Wine

Situated atop Howell Mountain, at 1,700 feet above the Valley floor, the family’s Cold Springs Vineyard is farmed by one of California’s most sought after viticulturist, and Marc’s good friend, Jim Barbour. It’s a gem of a location with a collage of soil profiles, slopes and elevation variances that has become known as the family’s playground.

Named after the property’s altitude and location above the valley floor, Aloft is the product of the family’s continued passion and dedication.  Truly a family brand, Marc and his daughters strive to create a wine of superior quality that continues to honor their legacy, their land, and each vintage.

The 2016 Aloft Cabernet Sauvignon is one of our favorite offerings to date.  As our seventh vintage, and first release made 100% by Angelina Mondavi, we were graced with another amazing growing season from start to finish with consistent, warm days bookended with cool mornings and evenings.  Being at the beckon call of Mother Nature, this wine is the exact representation we strive to produce each year with balance between tannins, fruit, and acidity.

Most would agree the Aloft Cabernets would pair perfectly with a grilled steak, but with the finesse of fruit and tannins offered by Howell Mountain, it is not uncommon for our family to enjoy these wines alongside a berry and chocolate dessert.

Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation: Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

Vineyard: Cold Springs Vineyard

Aged: 24 months New French Oak

Alcohol: 15.5 %

Made: 12 barrels

Vintner: Mondavi Sisters

Winemaker: Angelina Mondavi

Farmer: Jim Barbour