2004 Duckhorn "Howell Mountain" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Almost entirely Merlot, with a few drops of other Bordeaux varieties, this Howell Mountain red screams for time in the cellar. The tannis bite and dog the mouth through the long astringent finish. But chew on it for a while and you hit a deep core of blackberries and currants, and the more the wine warms up in the glass, the more impressive it gets. Cellar until 2010, and it should reward for years after.
Duckhorn's "Howell Mountain" Napa Valley Red Wine illustrates the intensity, structure and minerality indicative of its mountain birth from your first sniff to your last sip. Beautifully extracted, the wine enchants with aromas of mulled, spiced fruit and dark chocolate with hints of exotic mushroom and tamari. On the palate, mouth-coating blackberry and black currant flavors are framed by fresh coffee, chocolate and hints of menthol, lavender and herbs. Sweet oak and graphite notes round out the lingering finish.