Blog Post By Efrain Barragan
2016 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvginon Release
We are thrilled to share the latest release of our Single Vineyard Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Recently, our 2016 Cold Springs Vineyard and 2016 Croquet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines received rave reviews from two reputable wine critics, Jeb Dunnuk and James Suckling.
The Clif Family Winery Cold Springs vineyard is located on the south side of Howell Mountain. This 5.5 acre vineyard sits at an elevation of 1660 ft, nestled amongst tall evergreens. The soil is decomposed volcanic ash, also known as tuff, which provides fast drainage and low nutrition. The results are plants with deep roots and low vigor that produce small berries of superb quality.
The Clif Family Winery Croquet Vineyard is located on the north side of Howell Mountain on Ink Grade Road. Named for the professional croquet court on the property, these vines are planted on a steep slope at an elevation of 1785 ft. The soil is Aiken Loam, known for its rich, red color, clay composition and slower drainage. The exposure and aspect of the Croquet vineyard make it a warmer site than the neighboring Cold Springs Estate Vineyard.