The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain displays a classic Howell Mountain personality of graphite, plums, black currants, forest floor as well as good minerality. A beautiful texture, full-bodied mouthfeel, terrific purity and a long finish make for a sensational, showy, flamboyant Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Betty O’Shaughnessy is one of my favorite producers. While the quantities of her wines are relatively small, the quality has been brilliant over the last decade. (RP)
Good bright, full ruby. Medicinal kirsch, cassis, violet and tropical dark chocolate on the nose. Supple, sweet and alive, offering intense dark berry and black cherry flavors given definition and life by pronounced but essentially well-integrated acidity. Nicely balanced and not excessively ripe or thick. Quite powerful on the back end, finishing with a suggestion of warmth but excellent juicy, rising length. A very good showing but this is still a young wine. (ST) 92+?
This optimally ripened and impressively extracted wine is a near-classic expression of mountain Cabernet, and, while it is fairly tannic and built along sturdier lines, it is also deep in curranty, briar-tinged fruit and shows a fine sense of layering that earns it especially enthusiastic endorsement. It presently toughens and tightens up at the finish and is nowhere near ready to drink in the immediate future, but it has the substance, structure and fruity concentration to guarantee very big dividends some eight to ten years down the line. *Two Stars*
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