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Fifty million years ago, volcanoes shaped the geology of the Napa Valley. In the wake of their activity, they left behind markers of their presence. At the northeastern side of Napa Valley’s Vaca Range, on Howell Mountain appellation peaks at 2,500 feet, this is expressed through the white volcanic ash soils, the aftermath of lava flows that cooled slowly, creating randomly placed rivers of white that snake though our vineyards. These soils, along with a cooler relative temperature, drive the flavors that have become synonymous with what one would expect of Howell Mountain. Our estate W.S. Keyes Vineyard was planted in 1888, and has been the exclusive source for the Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon since its first vintage in 1995. The vineyard sits at 1,825 feet, high above the fog line, where temperatures are cool but moderate, and Cabernet Sauvignon in particular thrives with extra time to ripen. The vines bask in a steady breeze and sunlight, surrounded by a forest of ponderosa pine. Lean, quick-draining soils force the vines to struggle, yielding small grapes that possess deep, concentrated flavor with a signature minerality and earthy undertone. Cabernet Sauvignon pairs nicely with foods high in fat and protein, including steak, duck, and game. It's a great complement to hearty stews, ribs, and dark, rich sauces.