2013 O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Merlot

SKU #1275157 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A chunky 100% Merlot, the 2013 offers gorgeous toffee, black cherry and mocha notes as well as some chocolate. It has beautiful density, a plump, corpulent, medium to full-bodied texture, and a luscious finish. This is a sexpot of a Merlot fruit bomb to drink over the next 8-10 years. One of my favorite wineries in Napa Valley, Betty O’Shaughnessy, the proprietress, bought her original vineyard on Howell Mountain in 1996 and began planting in the red, rocky, aiken volcanic soils. The elevation is a whopping 1,900 feet and is south-sloping, which is perfect for the sun exposition. (RP)  (12/2015)

92 points Vinous

 The 2013 Merlot is dark, intense and flavorful, with an intriguing combination of intense fruit and the savory/mineral overtones that are typical of Howell Mountain. Iron, smoke, game, tobacco and licorice are some of the signatures. Far from an easygoing wine, the Merlot has more than enough richness to drink well for a number of years, along with the tannic heft of a mountain wine. Betty O'Shaughnessy and her husband Paul Woolls, along with winemaker Sean Capiaux and viticulturist Alan Peirson, run one of the hidden jewels of Napa Valley. All of the wines in this lineup are recommended. The Chardonnay emerges from a vineyard in Oakville, while the Cabernets draw from sites on Mt. Veeder and Howell Mountain, where the winery is located. The Merlot is a great choice for nearer term drinking, while the Napa Valley Cabernet is one of the very best wines readers will find in its price range. Sean Capiaux makes the wines in a pretty contemporary style, with a good deal of extraction and fruit intensity that balances the mountain tannins that are inherent in these pristine hillside sites. (AG)  (9/2015)

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Merlot

- 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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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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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.