"Opening aromas of blackberries, plums and dark chocolate carry through to the palate. Accents of spring wildflowers, spiced honey, and pie crust highlight complexity. Ripe focused tannins follow the flavors to a lingering cocoa powder finish."
Robert Parker: The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain reveals the most opaque color of this group, nearly blue/purple to the rim, and is impressively rich and full-bodied with sweet tannin and a layered, long style. It is one of the finest Conn Creek Cabernets I have tasted in many years. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years.
Four vineyards contribute 71% of the fruit for this wine. Collins Holystone Vineyard in St. Helena, owned by Conn Creek Winery founders Bill and Kathleen Collins, is the largest component at 37%. The vineyard’s site enjoys a warm climate and good drainage leading to consistent early season maturity. Surber Vineyard from Calistoga added 13% and Tall Trees from Yountville another 12% of the blend. The well-known Stagecoach Vineyard in the Atlas Peak appellation in the Vaca Mountains contributed 9%. The remaining 29% comes from the Oakville, Chiles Valley, Oak Knoll, Rutherford, and Mt. Veeder appellations. The combination of the various vineyard sites and their expressions of terroir all make contributions to this complete and complex Cabernet Sauvignon.
|Wine maker notes
|Individual vineyard blocks were fermented separately to capture the unique characteristics of
their respective sites.
Structure and fresh fruit aromas were enhanced by maintaining moderate fermentation
temperatures and appropriate cap management.
Elevage was 19 months in 36% new French oak barrels from selected coopers.