2004 Duckhorn "Howell Mountain" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1037738 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (12/2008)

K&L Notes

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.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5