Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, new leather, tobacco, cloves and mocha meld together in the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. Rich, ample and textured, the 2012 is full of intensity. The contours are quite soft, though, which makes the 2012 unusually gentle and tamed for a young Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The radiant, explosive finish alone is hugely appealing. In 2012, winemaker Sean Capiaux used all seven Bordeaux varieties in the blend. (AG)
Composed of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec and a handful of other varietals, The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain exhibits an opaque purple color as well as abundant aromas of wet gravel, lead pencil shavings, blueberries and mulberries, a dense, opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet tannin and a terrific texture and finish. Drink this impressive effort over the next 15-20 years. Betty O’Shaughnessy, with the help of winemaker Sean Capiaux, continues to turn out some marvelous Cabernets. (RP)
Plenty of grape-skin and berry character with hints of dark chocolate. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of fruit but not too much. Better in 2018.
Tiny winery owned by Betty O’Shaughnessy, who owns this vineyard and one on Mount Veeder that she bottles separately. Deep crimson. Spicy, balsamic nose with an interesting resinous streak. Real character to this. Good intensity of fruit and balance. Local. 17/20 points.
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