O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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The 2012 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous and multilayered wine that showcases the complexity of all seven of the Bordeaux varietals that we farm. The wine is dark purple in color with aromas of violets, raspberries, blueberry compote, black tea and vanilla bean. Focused flavors of wild cherry jam, crème de cassis, plum butter, caramelized sugar, and mocha are followed by a long finish with integrated acidity and palate filling tannins. Muscular, but with restrained elegance, this wine carries the O'Shaughnessy trademark of balance and power.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Howell Mountain
Brand O'Shaughnessy
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VinousDark red cherry, plum, smoke, new leather, tobacco, cloves and mocha meld together in the 2012 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich, ample and textured, the 2012 is full of intensity. The contours are quite soft, though, which makes the 2012 unusually gentle and tamed for a young Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The radiant, explosive finish alone is hugely appealing. In 2012, winemaker Sean Capiaux used all seven Bordeaux varieties in the blend.

Antonio Galloni