HOOPES MAYA'S BLOCK MERLOT, HOWELL MOUNTAIN
Howell Mountain
2015
Wine Details

“This classic grape is happiest grown in slightly cooler regions and heavier soils. That makes Howell Mountain the ideal location for growing Merlot. Our winemaker, Anne Vawter, selected the Las Posadas vineyard because of its ideal soil composition, namely volcanic, and its proximity to some of the mountain's most famous producers. Farmed by a good friend, this site has amazing character and balance. We are very excited to share this discovery with you.”

- Second Generation Proprietor
Lindsay Hoopes

Technical Details
Appellation: Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Composition: 100% Merlot
Aspect: SE
Soils: White Tufa
Slope: Elevation 1,800 Feet
Rootstock: 101-14 & 3309
Clone: 181
Barrels: 100% French, 75% New
Barrel Aging: 21 Months
Alcohol: 14.9%
PH: 3.6
TA: 5.7 g/L
Date Bottled: August 17, 2017
Number of Cases: 98
Tasting Notes
“This wine is an absolute joy and a worthy example of the seductiveness of Mountain Merlot. Aromatically complex and enticing with fresh floral notes coupled with a sweet bay herbal dryness, powdery spun sugar, beeswax and blackberry. Flavors in the mouth support the promise of the vivid nose with ripe Bing cherries, vanillin, violet hard candy, and a delicate lilac powdery quality reminiscent of the fluffy volcanic soils of the site. Sweet tannins surround a firm mid palate and caramel notes smooth concentrated but well integrated tannins with the soft creaminess of milk chocolate. Powerful and feminine, the generous mouth ends with an appetizing and persistent finish."

- Winemakers Anne Vawter & Jennifer Rue

$55.00 /750ml