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O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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Style

Red

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2011 Vintage) The 2011 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a supple and exciting wine that knows how to make an immediate impression. The wine is dark purple in color with a deep ruby edge. Brandied cherry, cocoa, wild plum, blueberry, pomegranate, and violet aromas intermingled with vanilla cream jump from the glass. Expressive fruit concentrates on the palate with boysenberry, black olive, fig jam and crème de cassis being followed by a long complex finish with balanced tannins and good acidity.

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    powerful, greatness in a glass, evolving, almost want to just breathe it in and not drink it. 95 95 points Robert Parker: "The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a beauty, with dark ruby/purple color and a big sweet nose of tobacco leaf intermixed with black currant, black cherry, new saddle leather, and white chocolate. The wine is full-bodied, powerful, with superb purity, texture, and length. It’s approachable now but promises to be better in 3-4 years, and last for at least 15 or more." (12/07) 92(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep ruby. Red plum, red cherry, licorice and graphite aromas are lifted by an almost Burgundian floral character; very pure and scented. Suave on entry, then sweet and rich in the middle, conveying a sense of brooding power. Finishes with substantial broad, building tannins and a late note of licorice. Winemaker Sean Capiaux says he experimented with extended maceration but this technique resulted in wines that were too tannic. As a rule, total cuvaison time is now just 14 days." (May/June '08) 90 points and one star from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Although ever so slightly the richer and more open wine of the winery's two Cabernets, this very well-fruited bottling from Howell Mountain is still anything but frontal and fat. It teases with a complex mix of cassis, plums, burnt wood and cola in the nose and holds on to the same even as firming tannins take hold at the finish. Five years seems the minimum wait, but the wine could easily hold and improve for more than twice that time."

    about 2 years
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  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2006 Vintage) The stunning 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot) is the finest Cabernet this estate has yet produced from their Howell Mountain holdings. A dense purple color to the rim as well as an exquisite bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, camphor, creme de cassis, smoke, and crushed rocks are followed by sweet fruit, gorgeous density, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a layered, multidimensional mid-palate and length. With no hard edges, this flawless wine should drink well for 20-25 years.
  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2002 Vintage) The stunning 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot) is the finest Cabernet this estate has yet produced from their Howell Mountain holdings. A dense purple color to the rim as well as an exquisite bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, camphor, creme de cassis, smoke, and crushed rocks are followed by sweet fruit, gorgeous density, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a layered, multidimensional mid-palate and length. With no hard edges, this flawless wine should drink well for 20-25 years.