Ratings & Tasting notes:
100 Points Jeb Dunnuck
“Coming all from the from the Keyes Vineyard on Howell Mountain, the 2019 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) was brought up in 91% new French oak. Incredible crème de cassis, chalky minerality, iron, spring flowers, and black olive tapenade all define the nose, and it’s full-bodied on the palate, with building tannins, integrated oak, wonderful sweetness of fruit, and a great, great finish. It opens up beautifully with time in the glass, and while it has classic Mountain structure and concentration, it also has a wealth of fruit and texture, and unquestionably offers pleasure even today. Nevertheless, do your best to hide bottles for 4-5 years if you can. It’s a 30- to 40-year wine.”
97 Points Robert Parker
Sourced from two blocks of the Keyes Vineyard at La Jota, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain shows more caramel, barrel toast and mocha notes, derived from the choice of Demptos as the cooper. Cassis and blueberry flesh out the flavor profile of this full-bodied, rich, velvety effort. Mouth-filling and plush, it’s broad and expansive in the mouth, finishing long and intricately textured.
3 bottles – 750 mL each
Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.
Flawless. Never taken out of the original packaging. The entire case is still in the original plastic shrink wrap.