Kukeri Cabernet Howell Mountain 2018 | Pure Indulgence
Kukeri Cabernet Howell Mountain 2018 presents a Medium-deep ruby hue. Dark-fruited nose with underlying notes of crushed rose petals. A bold attack on the palate with candied cassis, blueberry, and black fruit preserves. Crushed rocks, violets, vanilla, and cedar spice add to the overall package. This is full-bodied but made in an approachable style, with those Howell Mountain tannins already tamed with subtleties, wrapping up with a long and mineral-infused finish. If you love mountain Cab but are tired of shelling out triple digits, this is your new go-to! Drink now – 2030.
We were sure our first Kukeri Cabernet offer was a one-and-done steal, but then fate gave us a break. We didn’t miss our chance to ask about this allocation, so don’t miss your chance to claim a share of our four barrels.
Howell Mountain’s Peak Value
This mountaintop terroir lends grapevines an entirely different life than those that grow comfortably in the fertile soils of the Valley floor. The vines’ struggle yields some of the valley’s most cherished, long-lived, prestigious, and expensive wines. Brooding mountain-bred aromas of black and blue fruit and licorice. While announcing a voluptuous palate dominated by blackberry compote, cassis, and black olive tapenade. Seasoned with intertwining cedar and vanilla spice and structured by well-integrated tannins, it’s a Cabernet dream—one that just got better when our medium-rare ribeyes hit the table.
The unique terroir of the Howell Mountain produces wines that are typically very powerful and intense in structure. So, the grapes for our signature Kukeri Cabernet Howell Mountain 2018 comes from one of the highest elevated vineyards on Howell Mountain. The mountain’s well-drained and rocky volcanic soils and moderate climate is perfect for growing full-bodied and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. A touch of Malbec, Merlot, Petite Verdot, and Cabernet Franc balance the rich dark fruit and massive tannins of our 2018 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, adding vibrancy to its lush mouthfeel and lingering dry finish and balanced acidity.
Winemaker Peter Kirilow
Petar Kirilov, founder & winemaker of Kukeri Wines grew up in Bulgaria, and graduated in 2002 from the prestigious University of Food Technologies, with a Master’s degree in winemaking. While the following year, Petar decided to leave for California to focus on winemaking. Then securing an internship with the Carneros award-winning winery Truchard Vineyards in Napa Valley.
So, in 2005, Petar has the chance to come back to California and join the hi-tech wine company Vinovation. There he has been involved in numerous research and development projects. In 2008, Petar joined Meadowcroft Wines and Foyt Wines as a Winemaker to oversee the production of high-quality wines. He also is a founder of the wine industry website VinoEnology.com. In 2013, Petar decide to venture his own brand Kukeri Wines. Now focusing on quality small log wines from single vineyards from Napa and Sonoma County.