ScottieB wrote: ↑
October 16th, 2020, 10:59 pm
Vivek K. wrote: ↑
October 16th, 2020, 7:04 pm
ScottieB wrote: ↑
October 16th, 2020, 2:16 pm
A friend called WineAccess and was told that the Yesterday Oakville and Yesterday Howell are from the same winery. Everyone thought Yesterday Oakville was Harlan, but Harlan doesn't appear to have vineyards in Howell Mtn AVA (although Harlan does run The Napa Valley Reserve in St. Helena but that's not Howell AVA).
It’s probably from Bond (also managed by Harlan)? They have a Howell Mtn vineyard.
I don't believe Bond has a Howell Mtn Vineyard. https://www.bond.wine/grand-crus/
If the description of the original Yesterday wine is accurate I think it’s highly likely the grapes are from Harlan or some Harlan owner property.
The original offer says it’s a “hillside vineyard” that was “planted decades ago at places where open plains and hills meet wild woodlands: border zones teeming with life, lending this wine a coiled energy. All exposures—northern, eastern, southern, western—are represented among their acres, leading to a unique complexity in the glass.”
Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but that description perfectly matches Harlan and I don’t know any other vineyards in oakville that come close to matching that description, especially not when you factor in the other clues such as price point and cult status.
There are other wineries such as Bevan and O’Shaugnessy that make wine from both oakville and Howell mountain, but the other parts of the description don’t come close to matching.
As far as I know Harlan / Bond / Promontory don’t make any Howell Mountain designate wines, but I’ve read they do regularly make experimental wines for R&D purposes to test out new vineyards etc. so perhaps the Howell mountain Yesterday was wine from one of those.
I think we’ll need to wait for the description to come out to have more clues.