Tag: Howell Mountain

Duckhorn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California




It’s my 7,000th review on vivino, so here is a gorgeous Napa Cabernet to celebrate with.

Dark ruby color with a wide brick/ reddish rim.

Gorgeous nose of blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, beef jerky, light vinaigrette, chocolates, coke, mocha, eucalyptus, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full-bodied, smooth, bold and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and extremely fruity with blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 11 year old Napa Cabernet is peaking now. So yummy and delicious. Showing great complexity and a wonderful mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but way better after 2 hours of airtime. Needs 90 minutes to show the tannins.

This is a one that you can have all by itself, and talk about with friends. I loved the nose, and kept smelling on it for a long time.

A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot. Aged in French oak barrels for 26 months (95% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

98 points.

$100 (current vintage).


Moon Tsai Winery Howell Mountain Hillside Blend 2013 Napa Valley, California




It’s definitely time for a great Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Great nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead and earth.

Full bodied with medium acidity and elegant.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, earth, peppercorn and leather.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Merlot based blend from Napa Valley. Rich, yet elegant. Fruit forward with nice complexity.

This 8 year old Magnum is drinking very nicely now. The fact that it is from a great vintage doesn’t hurt it either.

Delicious right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime.

Excellent quality. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Thank you Barry for sharing this with me.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with delicious lamb chops.

Grapes are grown at 2,100 feet of elevation. A blend of 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French oak barrels (31% new) for 25 months. A small production of 579 cases. Made by Philippe Melka.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$350 (Magnum)


Kukeri Wines Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Napa Valley, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Howell Mountain.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, black cherries, currants, cedar, licorice, cola, vanilla, chocolates, dark coffee, tobacco, black pepper, pencil lead and light herbs.

Full-bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and very fruity with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light earth, cedar, leather, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Rich and elegant, tangy and spicy. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Would age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years. Has the potential to be a 95+ point wine.

A good sipping wine to have all by itself, with good friends. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses

A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with some Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.
A small production of only 9 barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$95.

Ladera Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012 Napa Valley, California

It’s time for a nice Cabernet Sauvignon for #FridayCabernetfix.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet plums, blueberries, violets, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, alcohol, peppercorn and coffee.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, mocha, peppercorn, leather and earth.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is another great Napa Cabernet. Well balanced and a little subdued, yet still showing Napa Cabernet characteristics. Not too extracted, which is nice to see.

This is from a great vintage, but still needs a few more years to become its own, although delicious now. A good sipping to share with friends.

Teeth staining color, so not a good choice for a first date.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, but definitely better after a couple of hours of airtime.

Thank you Barry for sharing.

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in 85% New French oak barrels for 22 months.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$100.