Range: 1 to 9 (9 is best, 5 is average)
Howell Mountain escape hidden from the world. Cabernets, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc. By reservation.
The real reason for my decision to return to Howell Mountain was my eagerness to visit this winery. A recent wine e-mail came across my inbox that featured a Neal Family Vineyards’ Cabernet and I was interested in learning more. After all, a good Cabernet selling for less than $50 is the kind of wine I want to share with close friends, so I was eager to gauge their quality. And I was pleasantly surprised. The winery features its estate Cabernets which it ages gracefully for a few extra years to ensure that the wine you buy is in good form to be drinking. But the surprise was to find a Zinfandel for under $25 and a Sauvignon Blanc for under $20, both well made. Of course the best part about this tasting experience is that you are hosted by the winemaker himself. To encourage folks to arrive on time, the tasting fee is waived unless you miss your appointment (by as little as 15 minutes, so plan carefully).
|The Neal Family winery operations and tasting room.|
|The tasting bar inside Neal Family winery.|
Based on this experience, I would rate the winery as a 5 and the wines offered as a 7.
|A bench made entirely of copper at Neal Family winery.|