Single Vineyard Howell Mountain Cabernet Under $20 WE91

March 15, 2010 Cellar Worthy  No comments

2005 Bella Vetta CabernetIt’s not often that you can find a Napa Cabernet for under $20 let alone a single vineyard Howell Mountain Cabernet.  Mountain wine is notoriously expensive and, in my opinion, for good reason.  The 2005 Bella Vetta “Ami’s Vineyard” Howell Mountian Cabernet has a knock out nose and a long,  lingering finish, in typical mountain style.  It’s medium to full bodied with lots of fruit, but not in an over-ripe style sometimes found down the hill in the valley.

Watch for this wine to get much more expensive as the vines get some age- this is the wineries first offering from the 2 acre Ami’s Vineyard.  But if you had told me the vines are 15 years old, I wouldn’t have thought twice.  Only 248 cases were made, and I wouldn’t be surprised if K&L bought a healthy percentage of it.  I personally own .4% of their production (only 1 case).

This wine definitely has the potential to age at least 10 years, but it will be difficult to hold it for that long.  Enjoy!

91 points Wine Enthusiast:

“Very ripe in cassis, with plenty of smoky oak influence and a spicy, dry finish. This is a bold, tannic young wine, tight and astringent in youth. It needs time in the cellar to soften and meld. Should be best between 2009 and 2011, and live far longer.” (6/1/2009)

2005 Bella Vetta “Ami’s Vineyard” Howell Mountian Cabernet- K&L Wines $19.99

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