Sometimes it’s the tiniest plots of land that have the greatest potential to produce the most vivid interpretations of their individualistic terroir.  Proof is in a glass of the 97 Point Rudius Savory Estate Cabernet which comes from a small 1.3 acre vineyard perched at 1,700 feet elevation on Howell Mountain.

The Savory Estate Vineyard was planted by icons David Abreu and Rick Forman, and they chose to plant the site to Clone 7, which has gone into numerous cult wines. The 2014 is an absolutely riveting blend of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that oozes with briary dark berries that are infused with elements of pencil lead and cocoa, both indicative of classic Howell Mountain Cabernet.

If you enjoy HOWELL MOUNTAIN CABS – Don’t miss this one! Pedigree, High-Scoring, and VIP Exclusive = must-have.
★  LAST CALL dense, rich and opulent…
★  EPIC 2014 Vintage Single Vineyard Source…
★  BOUTIQUE High-Elevation Howell Mountain Cab…
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From Jebb Dunnuck, “From a Howell Mountain estate vineyard located at 1,700 feet above sea level, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Savory Estate is a textbook example of this mountain terroir and offers terrific blue fruits, tobacco, cedar pencil, and crushed rocks. Possessing remarkable purity of fruit, full-bodied richness, integrated acidity, and ample tannin, this beauty has the purity and balance to drink nicely tody yet needs a full 4-5 years of bottle age. It’s going to age for three decades. Hats off to winemaker Jeff Ames!” Jebb Dunnuck 97 POINTS

From James Suckling, “Aromas of seaweed, oyster shell and iodine with subtle currants. Full to medium body and firm and chewy tannins, yetthis remains reserved and polished. Shows wonderful complexity and length. Don’t miss it. From only 1.3 acres. Try in 2020.” James Suckling 96 POINTS


Owner/Winemaker Jeff Ames’ Estate Cabernet, from a single vineyard more than 1700 feet up Howell Mountain. Characteristic “Howell power” here: dense, rich and opulent. Black currant and dark cherry leads the way, with lavender, violets, mocha, cigar box and graphite following close behind. Delicious now with a decant…

Winemaker’s Notes, “The Savory Estate Vineyard Cabernet introduces itself with flavors of black cherry, cassis and ripe bramble that flesh out across your palate. Complex notes of flint and cardamom spice follow and darken the overall profile. The tannin structure here is not shy, hailing as it does from the valley’s preeminent mountain appellation, but this is every bit a classic California Cabernet. Our Estate Cab has the plush mid-palate to support its age-worthy backbone, but will still impress with power in its youth. We are more than happy to lay the Savory Estate Cabernet down for years — as we hope to pop a bottle or two on Kaley Elizabeth’s wedding day — and that is just what this wine needs. Decanting will serve you well if you’d like to share a bottle with friends today, but your best bet is a 3-10 year rest in the cellar. We promise, this wine will be nothing short of dazzling in its golden years.”

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