In 1997, Mark Neal started digging caves into the mountainside of his Howell Mountain Estate property to fulfill his family’s dream of having a winery. With a legacy as long-time Napa Valley farmers and stewards of the land, this was the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Neal family. Mark selected grapes from the Rutherford property he grew up on and his newly planted Howell Mountain vineyard to create his first special cuvée – 1998 Neal Family Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fast forward 20 vintages later . . .
The legacy continues to evolve and elevate. We feel fortunate & honored to release our 2018 vintage with 100% Certified Organic Cabernet Sauvignon, as it’s always been. Mark continues to farm his own vineyards, along with those of 92 other wineries, through the vineyard management company he started with his dad in 1968, Jack Neal & Son, Inc. Mark is one of the many Legends, who has made Napa Valley what it is today.
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Our 20th Anniversary Release
2018 Howell Mountain Estate “Black Label” Cabernet Sauvignon
124 cases produced
Our Howell Mountain property has 12 acres of planted Cabernet Sauvignon with 8 different “blocks”. Each block of vineyard is picked and made into wine separately and exhibits its own uniqueness. This is due to each sitting on different profiles of volcanic soil, row orientation to the sun, and most importantly, the various clones of Cabernet hand selected by Mark. One block in particular has always been Mark’s favorite: Block 7. This section of vineyard is up behind the winery, above the underground caves. It is located at the highest elevation of the property and faces the morning sun. This block represents the “best of the best” and comprises our “Black Label” wine.
"Howell Mountains’ Greatest Hits Vol. I”
“Still youthful, the immense concentration of the palate exhibits a steely, mineral quality reminiscent of wet stone. Red cherry, cranberry, mocha and cedar reveal themselves initially; clearly there is a lot more to come. The finish is tight and tense alluding to the long life ahead for this petulant beauty.”
LEGEND MEMBERSHIP WINES
2018 Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
698 cases produced
Our Howell Mountain Estate is a clonal blend from our home property. Beautifully aromatic, this wine shows elevated fruit notes with a floral aspect, complemented with licorice, anise, chocolate and a pleasing touch of orange zest. Dense and concentrated this wine is a powerhouse of fruit and tannin built for the ages. Flavors carry on from the aromatics with elements like chocolate, tar and nutmeg carrying on through to the dry finish. One for the cellar.