2012 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
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Lot 501 | 2012 Napa Valley

Howell Mountain Cabernet

A giant Cabernet from one of Napa's most exclusive appellations.


(31 Reviews)

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31 Reviews Total

What an Great Cab!

This Cab has arrived

I always age the great fall releases and finally gave this one a try. It is drinking very well. Big but smooth and tasty. Very complex. It can be aged further and I think it will get better. A big wine and a great value. Thanks Cam.


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Cannot get a better qpr.

I rated this wine a 93. Great juice with a mound of complexity. Love Howell Mountain wines, love Cameron Hughes. Please keep up the great work!



What a surprise!! This has been sitting in my wine cooler for two years and has mellowed. What a treat, classic Napa with up front fruit but not overwhelming. It finished perfectly with well integrated tannins. You will get a warm glow drinking this juice.


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another great CH wine

there are a few reviews questioning this wine, but we have enjoyed it immensely. Keep it up Cam.


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Needs some time

The oak needs some time to integrate, but I think it has a great future. Somewhat reminds me of the 149.


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Try again

I am not sure if we had a bad bottle, but it was very bitter and had hints of vinegar. I would not recommend this wine at all.


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Thumbs down

This wine is very disappointing. It has a bitter tobacco like taste which is overwhelming. Perhaps in 10 years it will be drinkable but I would not buy this wine.


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very good juice

Has many years ahead of it. Was a pop and pour. Initially, was not feeling the love. After about a half hour, the romance was in full swing. A full bodied and complex Howell Mountain cab. Enjoy.


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Better than the premium Labels

Had a small party with friends who enjoy Cabs. The one had an $85.00 of wine from a premiere vineyard he was dying to try. Opened it , had it...pretty good. I then opened my Lot 501. My friend said it first. "Man...that bottle was better than mine" I couldn't agree more. No contest.


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Big, Bold, Smooth

This is a cab for the cellar. It is deliciously satisfying right now but will get even better with bottle aging. The tannins and oak are slightly overpowering the the mid pallet right now so you are not getting the fruit essence that will integrate with age. Drinking it now will require a good long decant (1 and a half to 2 hours). I Have consumed 2 bottles about a month apart and the flavors have not changed telling me to let this one lay in the cellar for at least a year or 2.