(2007 Vintage) Aromas of baked plums, cassis, black olive and smoke jump from the glass. Secondary aromas of soy, vanilla, black cherry and cola nut come forward with aeration. On the palate dense flavors of black cherry, cocoa powder, black olive and sage unfold.
IWC 90 International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer (includes 8% merlot): Good full ruby. Slightly high-toned aromas of crushed cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate; can't quite match the 2008 for sheer verve. Fat and moderately sweet on the palate, with flavors of dark berries, chocolate and mint nicely framed by sound acidity. Less fruity than the '08 version, but riper than the '09. Finishes with chewy, dusty tannins. WA 90+ Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 186 The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, a blend of estate and non-estate fruit (from mountain vineyards such Ink Grade, Outpost, True, and Pestoni), is closed at present, but it appears to be loaded with potential. Abundant notes of cassis, black raspberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of chocolate, cocoa, and bay leaf are followed by a structured, tannic, medium to full-bodied wine that needs some time in the bottle. Give this well-built, masculine Cabernet Sauvignon 4-5 years of cellaring, and consume it over the following two decades. WS 92 Wine Spectator Author: James Laube Combines power with pleasure, at first firm, tight and muscular, then slowly more accessible, built around mineral, graphite, dried currant and blackberry, with the flavors slowly building. Ends with chewy tannins.
Wine Spectator(2009 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/14/2012