A beautiful Howell Mountain Cab that shows its terroir in the firm, rich tannic structure. And what gorgeous tannins they are, so refined and expressive. The fruit is perfectly ripe, suggesting currants, blackberries, red and black cherries, licorice and a hint of milk chocolate. Rewarding now, and should hold and improve for at least a decade.
This is a wine to lay away, to judge by the hard tannins that dominate it. But so strong is the heart of fruit that the flavors burst through that straitjacket. They flood the palate with amazingly dense black currant, cherry and dark chocolate fruit that last through a long finish. As tough as it is now, it will develop gracefully for many years.
This densely structured wine is so dry and tannic the palate just puckers up into resistance. Buried deep down are massive and properly proportioned flavors of blackberries, black currants, dark unsweetened chocolate and smoky new oak. This intense 100% Cabernet should begin to blossom by 2012 and last for many years.
Dark, dry and firmly tannic, this seems to be one for the cellar, although for how long is a challenge. The fruit is terrifically ripe in black currants and cassis, and the tannins are gorgeously thick, but there’s a softness that makes me wonder if the balance is there for very long.