Classic Howell Mountain Cabernet. The fruit is intense and concentrated in black currants and cocoa, the tannins are strong and hard, the acidity is perfect, the finish is entirely dry, and there’s a firm minerality. So deliciously elegant now, it’s hard to resist, but this Cab will surely reward cellaring through at least 2017.
Here’s a big, huge, rich Cabernet, made solidly in the modern style of extreme ripeness and oakiness. It defines that Napa mountain intensity of concentrated blackberry and cassis fruit, with notes of dark chocolate and toasted cedar wood. It’s a glamorous wine, although it may be too soft to age. Drink now–2014.