2002 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Howell Mountain
75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon This is a softer interpretation of our traditional Howell Mountain bottling with a smooth and sumptuous tannin structure, followed by a ripe, fruity finish. The aroma is alluring with elements of blackberry, green olive, black pepper, tobacco, pencil lead, and enigmatic hints of forest floor. On the palate, the abundant flavors are rich with leather, cedar and herbal notes complemented by enticing layers of raspberry, chocolate and caramelized sugar.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Oft times wines of this appellation come across as being stern and tighter in structure, but this one is lush and fleshy and simply loaded with outgoing, very ripe, cherry-like fruit that speaks with a loud varietal voice. It is fairly full-bodied and quite well-balanced in spite of its riper leanings, and, while it shows a streak of heat at the finish, its engaging fruit easily carries the day. There is just enough tannin to ensure a bit of growth, and it will reach its v...
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