Mole Hill is our three-acre Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard with loam soil approximately two feet deep. Planted in 1993, it is nestled beside a gorge on Howell Mountain at 1700 feet with a western exposure. The gorge acts as a vacuum pulling summer fog up from the valley floor, creating a unique microclimate for the vineyard. Small rocks are prolific and rise to the surface like cream in coffee. In combination with soil depth, this creates a spartan home for the vines, generating a concentration of flavors in the grapes.
NR Very consistent in style with our two prior Mole Hill bottlings, this wine clearly expresses the classic Howell Mountain briary, spicy characteristics of blackberries, Asian spices, boysenberry and dark chocolate. The mid palate is laden with roasted coffee and vanilla flavors. It has vibrant bright acidity and the firm but fine glossy tannins often seen from the appellation, and ends with a cigar box and creamy vanillin finish, showing youthfulness and great finesse with the potential for longevity in the cellar.