2013 Howard Park "Leston Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1228616 96 points James Halliday

 Both opulent and fine at once. The bullseye has been hit dead centre here. Oak, fruit, acid and tannin all pull together. Excellent wine, builds its own landscape. Blackcurrant-like flavour, luscious, is slipped with coffee-cream, leather, cigars. Dusty, fruit-filled tannin winds its way through, inexorable, unhurried, a river flowing over smooth long stones. The longer you sit with it, the lower the price seems.  (7/2015)

92 points James Suckling

 Lots of dark fruit such as blackberry and blueberry that turns to red earth and rust. Full body, round and velvety tannins. Juicy fruit. Verges on jammy. A pretty combination of ripe fruit, toasted oak and dust. Chewy. Need two or three years to soften.  (2/2016)

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Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2016 | Send Email
Napa Cab fans without the budget should pay attention to this wine. Here you have the bigger, plusher brother to the more restrained "Scotts Vineyard" offering. Dark fruited, with notes of tobacco and pencil shavings, this is a super deal at $19.99.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/7/2016 | Send Email
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Of the two Howard Park Cabernets that we stock currently this single vineyard "leston" bottling is the slightly blacker fruited, lush, cassis laden one with the "Scottsdale" vineyard showing slightly redder, leafy, tobacco, cedar tones. Both are exceptional wines that we are selling for around 50% of the winery SRP thanks to our direct import deal. Don't miss these killer deals in Cabernet.
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Staff Image By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2015 | Send Email
Compared to Howard Park's "Scottsdale Vineyard" Cab - which I adore for its elegance and dynamism - the "Leston Vineyard" is quite brooding, more masculine and dusty. Aromas of black raspberry, violet, and sweet barrel spice fade into cigar box, pencil shavings, and wet soil. The wine's fruit is juicy and bright, but the deep, earthy notes of tea, tobacco, and minerals really define this Cab. It's great now, but I know it will evolve beautifully.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

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