The Story: Hidden away on Howell Mountain, Alan and Lesley in 2012 discovered a gutted, abandoned mid-century bungalow resting on several acres. They spent two years bringing it back to life, expanding and restoring its rustic contemporary character. Before any work on the house began, the land was cleared of all dead trees, with deep ripping and prepping of the Volcanic soils, once home to a large Walnut Orchard. Planting Cabernet Sauvignon in 2013, then St Mccaire in 2014, the vineyard edges their home, aptly named, Vinehouse. Completed in 2014, the house and vineyard continue to mature, as do Lesley and Alan. They trademarked a new brand of estate Cabernet Sauvignon, the name, of course, Vinehouse.
Vinous 94+ Points: “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is the most elegant of the three vintages I tasted if that word can be used for a brooding Howell Mountain Cabernet! The Saint Macaire is bumped up in the ‘18, which seems to give the wine a greater aromatic presence. Dried flowers, licorice, mint, incense, and leather open with a bit of coaxing. The 2018 is painfully young, with little of the charm so many wines of the year have, but it opens nicely over time. I would not be in a rush here.”