94 Insider Points 

REVIEWS

What an insane value! 100% Estate fruit from our favorite AVA in Napa Valley, this 2013 Howell Mountain has notes of black currants and blackberries with exotic spices, hints of cigar box, menthol, and grilled meats. The tannins are super well integrated with a velvet finish. This wine is a perfect pairing for your holiday meals! --Premier Sommelier Team

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • APPELLATION
    Howell Mountain AVA, Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    14.80%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    24 Months 60% New French Oak
  • FRUIT

  • BODY

  • OAK

  • ACIDITY

Formerly labeled as 'Rutherford Grove Estate Reserve'.

One of Napa’s pioneer winemaking families from the late 1800's, Bob Pestoni and his wife, Sylvia, got into winemaking themselves in 1994 by purchasing a small winery adjacent to their family’s Rutherford property.

Focusing on limited production, estate wines, the Pestoni Family Wine portfolio includes cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sangiovese and sauvignon blanc from their Rutherford ranch, and cabernet sauvignon, merlot and a Bordeaux-style blend from their Howell Mountain estate. The Pestoni family owns and farms 60 acres of vineyard throughout the Napa Valley.

TASTING NOTES 

Winemaker Notes: A true testament to the complex and opulent wines this mountain is known for producing. An inky purple in the glass, this Cabernet Sauvignon opens with heady aromas of blackberry liqueur, rich leather, and warm spices. The palate displays expressive notes of dark fruit, subtle graphite and mocha, while the lush and lavish texture is balanced by penetrating tannins. Drink now through the next 12-15 years.

The 2013 Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from the Three Tears Vineyard on the Eastern slope of Howell Mountain. With an elevation that ranges from 1,600 to 2,400 feet above sea level, this estate vineyard sits on a 160 acre estate of which thirteen acres are planted in Cabernet Sauvignon and three in Merlot. The rocky volcanic soils and weather conditions are challenging, but worth the extra effort as the vineyards produce wines with outstanding flavor, intensity, and aging properties

THE STORY TO KNOW

A descendent of two winemaking families whose roots in Napa Valley reach back nearly a century, Bob Pestoni was expected to follow in his parents´ footsteps. Of course he did become a winemaker – but not at first. Instead, he did what any red-blooded boy in the 1950s did: he rebelled.

In 1963, Bob and his brother Marvin created Upper Valley Disposal Service, becoming the refuse hauler for the upper Napa Valley. Coming from a family of farmers who depended on the land for their survival, they understood and practiced the art of sustainable farming: planting the right crops, observing proper rotation and always striving to achieve a balance with the land. It was these same lessons and values that propelled their introduction of an aggressive recycling program long before it was fashionable.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair this with a hearty steak dinner or a rich tomato base pasta.