We fell HARD for this 2014 Cabernet for its earthy, very rooty and savory flavors, its intoxicating perfume of black cherry, Mexican chocolate, leather, cigar leaf, brown sugar, and bay leaf. Quite simply, this is about as good as it gets in the Napa Valley.
Herb Lamb Vineyard is a bit of a legend of Howell Mountain, responsible for so many great wines from the likes of Colgin, Karl Lawrence, and Tor Kenward. In 1988, Herb and Jennifer Lamb arrived at their seven-acre slice of land in the foothills of Howell Mountain in St. Helena with big dreams. This rocky hillside, ranging from 600 to 800 feet in elevation, was cleared and wide terraces were graded in preparation for planting. By 1991, Michael Trujillo of Karl Lawrence Cellars had discovered the unique quality of the Lambs’ fruit for inclusion in his new wine venture. The following year, Ann Colgin selected Herb Lamb vineyard as the sole source for her signature wine, and continued to purchase Herb Lamb fruit for 15 years. Now celebrating over 25 years of winegrowing in the Napa Valley, the Lambs have fulfilled all their original dreams.
The Lambs began making their own wine in 1997 when they produced their first 50 cases of HL Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. Michael Trujillo makes the wines here.