After six vintages of making Aloft, Thomas Brown has passed the baton to our sister Angelina. To ensure we had a seemless transition between winemakers, Thomas worked closely with Angelina to blend the 2015 vintage with a focus to showcase the best our Cold Springs property had to offer. As a wine savvy family, words cannot explain the gratitude and honor it was to have Thomas as part of our team to help launch this Howell Mountain brand.
The 2015 vintage is reminiscent of a blackberry and blueberry pie with hints of cherry, anise, lightly toasted marshmallow and vanilla. As the wine continues to open up, you will discover flavors of savory cooking spices, such as, oregano, thyme, clove, and nutmeg. A Napa Valley Cabernet is not complete without a touch of tobacco leaf and the aroma of a freshly rolled cigar, compliments of our new French oak barrels. On the palate, a touch of sweetness is welcomed by notes of white chocolate and lilac followed by mouthwatering acidity and dynamic, yet lush tannins. This full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon can be aged for decades to come.
Without further ado, we are excited to welcome Angelina as our new winemaker and introduce her first vintage of Aloft.