Lot 143 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2007
Notes: In the glass, this wine is a rich mulberry color with the fragrance of violets and Cassis. The nose quickly opens to aromas of ripe plums and savory roasts with a subtle background of cigar box. On the palate are juicy and penetrating flavors of currants, rose petal and earth layered with an opulence of wild dark fruits. Perfectly balanced, with bold acidity, a full body and classic Howell Mountain fruit, This superior Cabernet will continue to age with great poise over the next 20 years. In the meantime, decant for an hour or more. Cameron Confidential: In this economic environment, more and more wineries are presenting their wines to us, so one could say that as the economy gets worse, our selection gets better. Lot 143 is one of the first acquisitions of Sam Spencer, (our new wine maker) after originally bringing us Lots 1 and 2 back in 2003. Sam has focused on stepping outside of traditional brokerage channels to find the upper-echelon wines that tiptoe around the frenzy of the wine-sourcing market. This lot in particular has been nothing less than mind-blowing. It comes from a $95 per bottle program, so with a little fine-tuning by Sam, becomes one of the best wines we offer at $22 per bottle. We just submitted it for reviews and should have the results by the end of 2009. I would be shocked if it scored anything less than 92 points. The grower group responsible for this wine has consistently scored in the mid 90s and with 2007 being one of the best years that Napa has seen, making this wine truly exceptional.
Editorial Reviews for Lot 143 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
This smells like mountain cab, rocky, hard, chiseled deep and fresh with wildflowers, aromatic herbs, cedar, blackberry and mulberry tones. Tight, muscular, big but still very youthful and rigid this has great freshness and lots of tannic clout on the mid-palate with a vein of roasted herbs overlayed with some bittersweet cocoa tones, and dark plummy fruit with a nice acid driven and slightly astringent edge giving this excellent definition in the mouth, great length with note of tobacco and black tea on the finale, this is big, bad, take no prisoners Cabernet 93pts