2019 O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

$117.95
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In the heart of Howell Mountain, the estate vineyard boasts mature vines, some over twenty years old, yielding exceptional fruit. The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is a masterpiece, showcasing the essence of Howell Mountain with its blue fruit, cassis, and violet notes. Its balanced tannins and remarkable purity culminate in a finish of elegance and finesse.

Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker:
Sean Capiaux
Vintage:
2019
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Sub-Appellation:
Howell Mountain
Total Varietal Composition %:
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 1.5 % Petit Verdot, 1.5 % Saint-Macaire, 1% Carménère and 1% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol %:
14.8%
Score Wine Advocate:
94
SKU #:
1053583
Size:
750 ml Bottle
JD98+

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is an incredible wine, and it flirts with perfection. Full-bodied and concentrated, it has flawless balance and elegance as well as just textbook Howell Mountain notes of blue fruits, cassis, violets, graphite, and background oak. I love its tannins, it has remarkable purity of fruit, and a great, great finish. It has some appeal today yet deserves 4-5 years of bottle age and should have over two decades of longevity.

DC97

Decanter

Winemaker Sean Capiaux has crafted this Howell Mountain staple for more than two decades. In 2019, he's made a knockout! Explosive aromas of ripe, black fruit, wild mountain sage, turned earth and toasty oak. Enveloping on the palate with an intricate mix of black cherry, blackberry and blueberry fruit moving quickly into more savoury notes of crushed stones, cassis, wildflowers. Finishing long and with vibrancy and lift. A powerful core of firm fine-grained tannins are nicely integrated. Great cellar potential.

WA94

Wine Advocate

Sourced from a single vineyard, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 1.5 % Petit Verdot, 1.5 % Saint-Macaire (an obscure grape from southwestern France), 1% Carménère and 1% Cabernet Franc. The nose is all blueberries and bay leaves at first, later developing hints of cassis and sage, all nestled in soft notes of cedar and vanilla, while the full-bodied palate is nicely concentrated and softly tannic, with enough grip to suggest more than a decade of aging potential.

JS94

James Suckling

Notes of dark spices, cocoa and bark with ripe blackberries and plums on offer. Full-bodied with ripe, succulent dark and blue fruit coated with velvety tannins. Plush and lingering with a spicy finish and some earthiness to it. Best from 2025.