The sensational 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (which is reasonably priced, given how superb it is) is her largest cuvée of just under 3,300 cases. It is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest tiny quantities of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Carmenère, Petit Verdot, and a real head scratcher, St. Macaire. Inky purple to the rim, with notes of white flowers, licorice, forest floor and graphite, this wine exhibits classic mulberry, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit notes, some background, vague oak, a full-bodied, beautifully proportioned mouthfeel, and a layered finish. Like most 2014s, it can be drunk now, but it has at least two decades of cellaring potential. Betty O’Shaughnessy bought her property on Howell Mountain in 1996, and ever since 1999 has had the very talented Sean Capiaux making her wines. Her vineyards on Howell Mountain sit at a high elevation of just under 2000 feet in the red, rocky, volcanic soils the area is known for. I have always been a big fan of these wines, as they are full-flavored but incredibly pure and well-balanced, and that has continued with her bevy of 2014s. (RP)
Deep, dark ruby. Very primary yet already complex scents of crushed cassis, black raspberry, violet and dark chocolate enlivened by a captivating stoniness. Densely packed, seamless and suave, conveying a captivating impression of sweetness and spreading out impressively to saturate the palate. This very deep, youthful wine boasts a wonderful pliancy of texture and elegance and shows a creaminess to its tannins that gives it the early edge over the even more backward 2013 release. Splendid and quite complete. (ST-Vinous)
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is going to be a knock-out once it loses some baby fat and the new oak incorporates a bit more. Deep, powerful and vertical in feel, the 2014 possesses remarkable depth, intensity of color and balance. Inky, deep and creamy, with a real sense of gravitas, the 2014 is pure class through and through. (AG) 95+
A pretty and juicy wine with dark-berry, chocolate and walnut character. Hints of dried flowers. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Modern style with reserve. Better in 2019.
Pure and powerful cassis nose. Sleek and confident on the palate, this is a burly Cabernet with a touch of sweetness on the finish. An equal force of enjoyment and seriousness. Drinking Window 2019-2026.
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