The tasting ends on a high note, as the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is deeply expressive, despite its obvious youth. Here it is the wine's sense of energy that stands out most. Vivid, nuanced and structured, the 1999 is a wine to cellar for another 5-10 years at a minimum to allow the flavors to flesh out. Readers lucky enough to own the 1999 who can wait a few years will be very happy. (AG) 95+
Dark and intense, with a tight, compact, tightly wound band of earth, anise, leather, game meat, currant and blackberry, revealing layers of complexity and concentration before the tannins and cedary oak clamp down. *Top 100 Wines of 2002* (JL)
Bright medium red. Somewhat wild aromas of plum, raspberry, leather and loam, accented by hints of licorice and flowers and some darker fruit notes. Fairly large-scaled but still a bit edgy, showing a very fine-grained texture but slightly disjointed acidity. I would give this wine some time in a decanter or leave it in the cellar for another five or six years. Finishes with excellent grip, but the wine's substantial broad, dusty tannins currently cut off the fruit. (ST) 92+
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