2006 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #500442
Aroma's are luscious blackberry and boysenberry, with touches of white pepper, lavender, anise and espresso bean. Flavors are intense, mouthfilling profile of black cherry and raspberry, underlain with more white pepper, wildflower, roasted coffee, tobacco and vanilla cream followed by hints of coconut and rhubarb. The finish complex flavors extend all the way through mid-palate, ending in a full-throttle finish. Overall this is a smooth, polished wine possesses the weight and structure befitting a mountain Cabernet. Fine, silky tannins provide the scaffolding for long-term aging. Decanting is recommended.
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ROBERT PARKER RATING: 93
ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (84% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc) is a stunning wine with an opaque purple color and sweet, broad notes of licorice, plum, blueberry, blackberry, and cassis, as well as a hint of crushed rock. The oak is subtle and the wine savory, rich, and full-bodied, with remarkably sweet tannins, especially for a mountain Cabernet in 2006. This wine is approachable, although it promises to evolve for 20 or more years.
WINE SPECTATOR RATING: 90
WINE SPECTATOR REVIEW: Rich and tannic, with a beam of earthy dried currant, sage and savory berry and herb notes that are firm and concentrated, if a bit disjointed. Still, everything is in place. This just needs time to come around.
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Unfiltered and unfined. Howell Mountain’s rugged terrain produces among Napa Valley’s most acclaimed and sought-after Cabernets. Our estate vineyard and winery are located at the highest elevation, along a ridgeline overlooking the Valley at nearly 2300 feet. The red and brown volcanic soils are thin, rocky, and well-drained, causing the vines to struggle for water and nutrients and creating small berries with intense flavor.
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Vintage 2006
Country United States
Region California
Appellation Napa Valley
Bottle Size 750ml
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