Cabernet Sauvignon 'Howell Mountain', O'Shaughnessy
Many of our estate vines now exhibit eighteen years of age and have established deep roots on our 120-acre hillside property. Between 1997 and 2002, we planted 29 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. We also cultivated 6 acres of all eight of the Bordeaux blending varietals, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Carmenere, St. Macaire, and Gros Verdot. In pursuit of maximizing our options for flavor, we utilized several different root stocks and clones for our Cabernet Sauvignon plantings. The vines span two distinct vineyards which we have the privilege of farming. The Amphitheater vineyard derives its name from its shape across the hillside. The Rancho del Oso vineyard, nearest the winery, boasts a resident black bear who visits from time to time. In 2012, we were fortunate to purchase an adjacent 15 acres and have planted Cabernet Sauvignon here. These three vineyards are farmed exclusively to produce our Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Howell Mountain Merlot.
Press & Reviews
This has a very attractive, fresh array of ripe dark-berry and cherry aromas with notes of purple olives, stones and iodine. There are such fine tannins here with a very fluid, concentrated build of pure, fresh dark berries. Impressive. Drink or hold.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain) is a powerful, dense wine endowed with tremendous concentration. Even so, the Howell Mountain tannins are nicely tamed. Ripe black cherry, black plum, espresso, spice, leather, graphite and dried flowers give the wine its mysterious, somber feel. Readers will find a gorgeous Cabernet that offers superb depth, but also more plushness and early appeal than is typical of Howell Mountain wines. One of the most distinctive signatures of the Howell Mountain Cabernet is the significant presence of blenders - in this vintage, all seven of the Bordeaux red varieties. The blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Saint-Macaire, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carménère.