The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain bursts from the glass with expressive layers of roasted coffee beans, graphite, scorched earth and tar. It is a massive wine, yet shows remarkable balance and harmony from start to finish. Layers of racy black fruit build towards the muscular, virile finish. Simply put, this is a stunning example of Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain. The 2009 Howell Mountain is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot and 2% Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029+. (AG)
This hits the jackpot. You taste it and are struck by its incredible richness, but then the balance kicks in, making it all the more impressive. It shows intense mountain flavors of blackberry, currant and dark chocolate, which are set into firm tannins. New oak brings delicious layers of vanilla and buttered toast. So good now, you can hardly keep your hands off the cork, but it should develop for many years.
Bright ruby-red. Aromas of currant, bitter cherry, espresso and crushed rock, lifted by a violet topnote. Suave and smooth on entry, with a vibrant peppery nuance, then seamless in the middle; less rich and showy than the Mount Veeder bottling--in fact, still quite dry and uncompromising. The tannins are noble but this tight, high-pitched wine has a medicinal reserve that calls for several years of aging. 93+ Points
Deep, rich and keenly focused on substantial curranty fruit with hints of raspberry and loamy soil to its outreaching aromas, the wine is generous in body weight, supple in texture and displays a fair amount of polish in spite of the ample tannins that firm up its latter going. Much of this wine's personality speaks to size and depth, yet everything about it also is in balance owing to its clear and continuous fruit and its youthful energy.
Offers a firm, tannic mix of dried berry, cedar, crushed rock and savory herb. Intense and best to cellar in order to let the flavors and texture knit. Best from 2014 through 2025. (JL, Web-2012)
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