2008 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
  • WA 94
  • IWC 93

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2010
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is comprised of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest six other grapes - Merlot Malbec St. Macaire (how often do you see that!) Petit Verdot Carmenere and Cabernet Franc - and is... The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is comprised of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest six other grapes - Merlot Malbec St. Macaire (how often do you see that!) Petit Verdot Carmenere and Cabernet Franc - and is aged 20 months in three-fourths French oak. It has a dense purple color a wonderful crystalline nose of crushed rock camphor creme de cassis and spring flowers and a full-bodied mouthfeel. The tannins are moderately high but they are soft and well-integrated. This is a wine of tremendous intensity and plenty of up-side. Give this wine 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 20-25 years. 94+
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2011
(81% cabernet sauvignon along with merlot cabernet franc malbec petit verdot carmenere and St. Macaire; as with the 2004 and 2006 bottlings this wine includes all seven varieties planted in this vineyard): Bright... (81% cabernet sauvignon along with merlot cabernet franc malbec petit verdot carmenere and St. Macaire; as with the 2004 and 2006 bottlings this wine includes all seven varieties planted in this vineyard): Bright ruby-red. Perfumed nose offers plum black cherry graphite mocha cedar chocolate mint and sexy toasty oak (75% new). Compellingly sweet and pliant with a velvety texture given shape by harmonious acidity. Still a bit ungiving on the firmly tannic finish which hints at menthol. This very rich pure wine needs time in bottle to develop more complexity and should be long-lived.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2008