Napa Valley Mountain Cabernets: Head to the mountains for outstanding flavor

November 25th, 2019
"Farming is in winemaker Philippe Langner’s blood, and this wine shows the expert hand of deep, dark fruits made fresh with bright acidity."   by CATHERINE BUGUE  St Helena Star 


There is something about the hills that speaks to many a soul. Whether it’s a recollection of childhood “King of the Hill” triumph or enjoying the powerful sensations of height and distant views, it draws us to hike, climb, camp and just be at elevation.

Mountain AVA wines were the topic of November’s St. Helena Star/Napa Valley Vintners Tasting Panel session, and you could feel the anticipation of the group at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. The amphitheater-style classroom was packed with 28 panelists and the volume of discussion throughout the afternoon was high.

Six flights of wines, totaling 30 samples, were tasted from the 2015 and 2016 vintages. Divided by AVA, the flights went geographically, starting south and moving northward: Mount Veeder, Atlas Peak, Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain (two flights), and Diamond Mountain.

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