2012 Michael James Howell Mountain Cabernet
2012 Michael James Howell Mountain Cabernet

2012 Michael James Howell Mountain Cabernet

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Widely regarded as a “classic” and “perfect” vintage, 2012 delivered a textbook growing season with a long stretch of warm days and cool nights throughout the summer. I recall purposefully avoiding conversations about the weather with my vineyard manager, much like a baseball player doesn’t talk about a “no-hitter” while one is potentially in the making. Given these optimal conditions the grapes were able to mature in a consistent manner while preserving acids. Flavors came around in inline with sugars which afforded us a larger picking window to bring in the fruit at an optimal time. In the cellar the wines easily extracted great color and tannins, the juices were among the darkest color we’ve seen in fermenting musts. The resulting wines have big, sweet, resolved tannins with deep color, great balance and a long finish. A “classic” vintage.


This 2012 Beatty Ranch Howell Mountain Cabernet has aromas of dark currant, cherry and raspberry, with hints of cocoa and coffee. Reminiscent of a Saint–Julien Grand Cru from the Médoc of Bordeaux wth big, sweet, polished tannins balanced with an acidity that make for a wine to enjoy over the next 5-15 years.

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