2010 O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain covers every inch of the palate with layers of deep, rich, dark fruit. Blueberries, blackberries, violet and cloves seem to pop right out of the glass in this juicy, extroverted wine. Deceptively approachable, the 2010 has plenty of tannin lurking beneath its massive fruit. I would not be surprised if the 2010 shuts down in bottle. It is one of the deepest, inkiest 2010s I tasted from Howell Mountain. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030. Betty O’Shaughnessy and her winemaker Sean Capiaux make some of the most compelling Cabernets in California. These are among my favorite wines to drink at home. Best, of all they remain exceptionally well-priced considering the quality of what is in the glass. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright ruby-red. Black cherry, tobacco, chocolate mint and eucalyptus on the rather oaky nose, plus a pungent note of creosote. Then nicely ripe and juicy in the mouth, with surprising sweetness and attractive floral lift to the slightly medicinal redcurrant, licorice and mint flavors. Ultimately more red fruit than black in character. Finishes with broad, fine-grained tannins and good verve. I was initially put off by the strident nose but the wine calmed down markedly in the glass.
O'Shaughnessy's Howell Mountain estate vineyard was planted between 1997 and 2002, and is beginning to show off its full potential. Dark, purple color, intense, opulent and concentrated fruit that is fleshy and sweet. It is rare for Howell Mountain wine to have such a fleshy, lush mid-palate of fruit combined with the typical power and concentration that you get from the region. Somehow O’Shaughnessy always pulls this off. A tad bit of Merlot and Malbec are used in the blend but this wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon.