2012 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
A giant Cabernet from one of Napa's most exclusive appellations.
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.
Style: Full, Bold
Flavors: Blackberry, Cassis, Oak, Tannins