O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Petit Verdot Napa Valley Howell Mountain 2007

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Harmonious cherry, blueberry, prune, floral, cocoa, limestone, clay, tobacco and oak aromas make the nose on this gorgeous wine a vivid and memorable experience. The palate opens with trumpets of succulent cherry and blueberry, heightened in intensity by extended notes of pepper and sweet licorice. Chocolate and leather intertwine to add richness to the medley, with notes appearing through a zingy but not overpowering acidity. The purity of the individual notes is sustained and supported by strong tannins, allowing the arrangement to stay complex and avoid a muddy collision in the middle of the palate. The complex array of tastes spreads and evolves over five hours, peaking at three hours and producing an extraordinary and lively jazz rondo that keeps developing its themes, with a strong bright tart cherry bell that keeps ringing and re-ringing, then exploding like a sweet and sour version of wasabi. Opulence at its best, with precision and control.

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Member Reviews for O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Petit Verdot Napa Valley Howell Mountain

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Snooth User: Wine Fire
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 07/17/2011

Harmonious cherry, blueberry, prune, floral, cocoa, limestone, clay, tobacco and oak aromas make the nose on this gorgeous wine a vivid and memorable experience. The palate opens with trumpets of succulent cherry and blueberry, heightened in intensity by extended notes of pepper and sweet licorice. Chocolate and leather intertwine to add richness to the medley, with notes appearing through a zingy but not overpowering acidity. The purity of the individual notes is sustained and supported by strong tannins, allowing the arrangement to stay complex and avoid a muddy collision in the middle of the palate. The complex array of tastes spreads and evolves over five hours, peaking at three hours and producing an extraordinary and lively jazz rondo that keeps developing its themes, with a strong bright tart cherry bell that keeps ringing and re-ringing, then exploding like a sweet and sour version of wasabi. Opulence at its best, with precision and control.


Snooth User: JonDerry
6804463,187
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 12/26/2010

Aromatic nose. Chewy tannins with tasty fruit of dark berries without much sugar and a rather elegant balance with some lively acidity showing. The notes of cedar and forest floor are what I appreciated the most, giving this wine some character to it. Picked up a slight bit of heat but the other components more than make up for it. Light to medium bodied, perhaps making this a very good social wine. Hope to check back in a couple years. 94 points.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 06/17/2010

Nose has sweet licorice tones up front with red and black berries and a nice woody character. Also, creme de cassis, rocks and blueberry. Nice sweetness. Pure fruit framed by great tannins. Nice depth and it lingers well. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 6/5/10


External Reviews for O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Petit Verdot Napa Valley Howell Mountain

External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

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 quality here that contributes to the complexity of this sweet but energetic wine. Really quite three-dimensional in its palate feel.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

The stunning 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot) is the finest Cabernet this estate has yet produced from their Howell Mountain holdings. A dense purple color to the rim as well as an exquisite bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, camphor, creme de cassis, smoke, and crushed rocks are followed by sweet fruit, gorgeous density, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a layered, multidimensional mid-palate and length. With no hard edges, this flawless wine should drink well for 20-25 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain has a big, sweet nose of chocolate, blueberry, black raspberry, and currants with some crushed rock and a hint of toasty oak. The wine is long, rich, pure, and impressively endowed, but strikingly elegant and complex. It is already drinking well and should age nicely for 10-15 or more years. The final blend on this was 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

Good bright ruby-red. Aromas of crushed blueberry, menthol, licorice, cocoa powder, violet and sweet oak; shows a distinct mountain berry intensity on the nose and palate. Sweet, dense and chewy, with a youthfully medicinal character to the dark raspberry, dark chocolate and vanillin oak flavors. This impressively deep wine finishes with big but sweet tannins. Incidentally, winemaker Sean Capiaux prefers this estate's 2006s to its 2005s, describing them as "more typical of what we seek in California."


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