O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2007
The 2007 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a stupendous wine with a near solid black core and purple rim color. The wine explodes out of the glass with sweet blackberry liqueur, chocolate, blueberry, pie, allspice and crème de cassis that coat the mouth with perfect density and weight, the wine finishes long and sweet with ample tannins to continue it's life well into the future.
One of the best and most balanced Cabernets that I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Smooth and gentle, yet big and bold at the same time. The wine opened so gracefully well after only 30 minutes. The entire dinner party fell in love with this fantastic wine. In a word....It was "beautiful"!
TO DIE FOR!!!! The best Cabernet that I have ever had! Soft and supple like silk....Yet powerful with substance and structure. I cannot't say enough good things about this wine.....Simply put....IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!!!
This stunningly beautiful wine opens to aromas of pine needles, smoked barbecue brisket, desert brush, concentrated dark fruits, bitter chocolate, and anise. The palate lauches with acerbic and densely concentrated ripe fruits, including blueberry, cherry and cassis, surrounded by sharp spices, bitter chocolate, and astringent tannins on the back. At one hour, tannins moderate and fruits sweeten, creating a more integrated and harmonious wine. The acidic zing remains strong and pleasant during the finish. At two hours, the bouquet evolves into a delightful arrangement of floral, spice, forest and fruit, and the structure on the palate is greatly improved, with round, silky tannins creating a cavern in which tangy fruits and spices dance, occasionally reaching heights that brighten and wake the palate and nose simultaneously, like mild wasabi. Fruit is focused, energetic and rich, and the finish reaches the back reaches of the palate. At 2 ½ hours, nose becomes more complex as layers show new aromas of crème de cassis, tobacco and wet forest floor. The palate picks up dark chocolate, tobacco, cherry and dark fruits which intermingle in increasingly complex harmonies with licorice, smoked meat, cassis and earthy notes of clay and dirt. At three hours, fruits and spices become even more energetic, peppering the palate with a tangy zing that lingers delightfully. At 4 hours, this wine hits a peak of tantalizing opulence as the spread on the palate becomes increasingly luscious and heavenly, with new harmonies emerging that include blackberry and malt, with spires of spicy flashes that splash the palate with a zingy spray of energy. The tannic structure actually deepens at this point and for several hours beyond.
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Wonderful purity of fruit, harmony and finesse, this is simply a fun wine to drink. Ripe, rich and fleshy, it exhibits a tight beam of currant, black cherry and wild berry that complex and concentrated, finishing with fine-grained tannins and a sense of authenticity. Best from 2006 through 2012.
Bright ruby-red. Highly aromatic nose combines cassis, cherry and violet; very Napa Valley cabernet in its perfumed black fruit character. Then creamy-rich and sweet but vibrant on the palate, with a slightly medicinal quality lifted by notes of rose petal and violet. Finishes focused, firm and long, with suave tannins and lingering fruit.
Bright, deep ruby. Red plum, red cherry, licorice and graphite aromas are lifted by an almost Burgundian floral character; very pure and scented. Suave on entry, then sweet and rich in the middle, conveying a sense of brooding power. Finishes with substantial broad, building tannins and a late note of licorice. Winemaker Sean Capiaux says he experimented with extended maceration but this technique resulted in wines that were too tannic. As a rule, total cuvaison time is now just 14 days.
Dark, full-bodied and rich, with well-detailed black currant and cocoa flavors and a flamboyant but balanced coating of new oak. Impresses not only for its power, but for the soft luxury of its mouth feel. Beautiful now, and best over the next 5 years to capture in its youth.
Bright, deep red-ruby. Black fruits, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose. Deep, dense and tactile, with an enticing silky texture and an intriguing saline nuance to the flavors of black cherry, cassis and dark chocolate. There's a medicinal qua... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2007 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 750ml
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain has turned out very well. Along with the high tannins that can be found in this vintage, it offers notes of minerality, black currants, raspberries, earth, and spice. Medium to full-bodied and moderately tannic, it should drink well for 15+ years.
The only 2006 I tasted is a re-evaluation of the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, which is performing better now than it did last year. A dense purple color in addition to plenty of creme de cassis, crushed rock, blueberry, and brioche-like notes are found in this full-bodied Cabernet. It avoids the rustic tannins of this vintage, and exhibits good sweetness and purity of fruit. Consume it over the next 15ndash;20 years.
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