Lot 501 | 2012 Napa Valley

Howell Mountain Cabernet

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

$30.00

(31 Reviews)

Discounted shipping on 12 bottles. Free shipping on 24 or more.

2012 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Lot 501 | 2012 Napa Valley

Howell Mountain Cabernet

$30.00

(31 Reviews)

Discounted shipping on 12 bottles. Free shipping on 24 or more.

Wine Details

Saturated, dark purple color with a bit of red at the rim. Crème de cassis, fresh roasted coffee beans, dark berry, dark chocolate and earth leap from the glass. There are fleeting sweet peppermint notes and a bit of whiskey oak but my guess is these elements will integrate as the wine coalesces in bottle. This Cabernet hits your palate like a thunderbolt, but in the best way – a huge beam of crème de cassis that runs into a wall of big-grained tannins wrapped in dark fruit notes. Monumental, yet plush and silky; a powerhouse that could easily be set down for 5-15 years. Like a great rock band, this stuff is brash and ostentatious, but also seamless – Rock ‘n Roll in a bottle.

  • Vintage
  • 2012
  • Appellation
  • Napa Valley
  • Grape
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Alcohol by Volume
  • 15.4%
  • Cases Produced
  • 500 Cases
  • Drink/hold
  • Now through 2029
  • Release Email
Cam Confidential

A giant Cabernet from one of Napa's most prestigious appellations. Sourced from a $90/bottle program that sells its wine by mailing list only, this single vineyard release was part of a custom crush project and made by a legendary consulting winemaker. The Cabernet was made with all the bells and whistles, including barrel fermentation in 100% new French oak. We bought the entire ’12 Cabernet production – why they sold it remains a mystery.

Reviews

31 Reviews Total

What an Great Cab!

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.

JT

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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!

MG

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.

elliotnotsam

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

Mark

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

James

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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.

Paul

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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.

john

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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.

Ron

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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.

Gary

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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.