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2008 Camiana "Blue Hall Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously 100)

SKU #1134146 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Camiana has been establishing a real track record with this bottling, and the 2008 is the best yet. It shows the intensity and purity of Howell Mountain fruit, bearing deep flavors of blackberries, blueberries, dark chocolate and currants, with big firm tannins that are characteristic of the mountain. There's also a softness and femininity that make the wine drinkable now, but it should easily develop over the next decade, at the very least. Inner quote mark (11/2012)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "This 100% estate Cab is a mix of clone 7 and clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The wine is stored in 100% French oak barrels for 2 years before bottling. The distinctive pepper notes of the mountain are balanced by dark stone fruit flavors and a velvety smooth finish. We strive for a wine that is complex, rich, balanced and sophisticated."


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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2013 | Send Email
I can’t say enough about how good this wine is for the price. Mike Jordan, my counterpart in the San Francisco store, worked some serious magic to bring this price to all of you. I loved this wine when I first tasted it but was really worried about its asking price thinking that I wouldn’t be able to get it into peoples’ hands, but at $40 it is a no-brainer if you like mountain fruit Cabernet as much as we do. From a 3-acre parcel planted in 2001 at 1,700 feet elevation on Howell Mountain this wine is packed with aromas of fresh wild mushrooms, ash and deeper set tar and wet asphalt notes perfectly reminiscent of the mountain in which it comes. Soft and fairly open for a Howell Mountain wine this is wonderful now, although I think it will improve a bit over the next 2-5 years, with lovely ripe, yet precise flavors of camphor, black currant, sweet tobacco and a hint of scrub brush. Any fans of the Dunn, Ladera, Mayacamas, Keenan school of Cabernet should really pay attention here.

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/9/2013 | Send Email
Roasted berry fruit, with an almost beefy dimension, picks up a hint of menthol-eucalyptus, and a dusty quality, on the nose of the 2008 Camiana Blue Hall Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The dust carries through to the cassis, plum, and blue berry fruit on the palate, which, while the most prominent feature here, is neither heavy nor candied. Tannins are present, but open, as are the subtle vanilla shadings lurking underneath. A winner for immediate consumption, this has enough character and dimensionality to take it outside of the ordinary.

By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2013 | Send Email
Wow. This is a big, concentrated, and dark stunner of a Howell Mountain Cab. It's worth the original price for $64.99, but for $40, it's a steal. There are loads of dark chocolate, blackberries, and earth on the nose, with hints of tar and anise. The palate is dense with blueberries and blackberries that are lightly peppered with herbs and spice. The body on this wine is full and rich. The finish lingers with dark cherry cola, vanilla, and delicious oak. I strongly recommend this for any fan of a great deal on big, expressive reds from California.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2013 | Send Email
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Grapevines sacrifice much to gain a foothold on the thin, stony, volcanic soils that characterize Howell Mountain's unyielding, distinctive terroir. To even attempt to plant viable vines in the past often required dynamite, a lot of it, to shatter the stubborn bedrock, and those tenacious growers who succeeded were ultimately rewarded with a bit of 'heaven' high above the valley floor. In fact, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in 1889 while honeymooning near St. Helena that he'd entered "the blue hall of heaven", inspiring the name for Blue Hall Vineyard and its alluring, artisanal mountain wines. The 2008 Camiana Cabernet Sauvignon is a high-toned, opulent beauty, made entirely with estate grown fruit from their high-elevation, 3-acre vineyard, first planted in 2001. Possessing warm, aromatic notes of blackcurrant, cedar and sweet tobacco, this ravishing Cabernet coats the palate in suave, almost creamy dark fruits and velvety plums, chocolate, baking spice and licorice flavors. Most impressive were the elegant, supple tannins and long, pure, soothing finish. A sublime wine to share with select friends over dinner and beyond.
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