In 2002, we planted cabernet vines on Howell Mountain near the gateway to the picturesque Linda Falls Preserve.
That same year we donated an adjacent 21 acres to the Land Trust as a conservation easement for the preserve, and their spokesman predicted, "...great things are going to happen at Linda Falls."
Fast forward to 2018. Our exquisite seven-acre vineyard undulates along the southern reaches of Howell Mountain, stretching out above the fog at an average elevation of 1500 feet.
This area is known for well-drained, volcanic soils and a cooler climate which results in longer hangtime. The vines are planted in narrow rows, deliberately positioned to capture the strongest rays of the summer sun. As the fruit matures, the dense spacing and abundant sunshine leads to a low yield of smaller berries with thick, deeply-hued skins.
This year, we are elated to present the inaugural release of Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Linda Falls — the first time we have introduced a vineyard-designated cabernet since 1989. We set out to produce a cabernet that represents the concentration of Howell Mountain fruit with its inherent intensity of blueberries, augmented with the elegance of violets that typifies the balance and ageability of the Heitz style. The inky opacity of this wine sets it apart from our other cabernets and hints at its mountainous origins.
We are also pleased to report that countless numbers of hikers and bird watchers have crossed the easement from old Howell Mountain Road to experience the splendor of Linda Falls Preserve.
We're pretty sure that wine lovers and nature lovers in Napa Valley agree that great things are indeed happening at Linda Falls.