2008 Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Firm, dense and concentrated, with a pleasant roasted popcorn and melted chocolate note atop the rich currant, blackberry and dark berry parade of flavors. Full-bodied, deep and persistent, with the long, lingering finish folding together nicely. Shows sufficient tannic muscle. Drink now through 2023. 900 cases made. (JL)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain reveals a beautiful, rich blue/purple color, a layered texture, sweet cassis and blueberry notes, background minerality and light tannin. This impressively endowed, full-bodied Howell Mountain Cabernet is surprisingly approachable, but promises to evolve for 15 or more years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full ruby. Slightly high-toned aromas of crushed cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate; can't quite match the 2008 for sheer verve. Fat and moderately sweet on the palate, with flavors of dark berries, chocolate and mint nicely framed by sound acidity. Less fruity than the '08 version, but riper than the '09. Finishes with chewy, dusty tannins.
This has flavors of raspberry and cherry pie that are liberally enhanced with toasty, creamy oak. It’s structure of tannins and acids are classy and easy to like.