2006 O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1052644 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The only 2006 I tasted is a re-evaluation of the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, which is performing better now than it did last year. A dense purple color in addition to plenty of creme de cassis, crushed rock, blueberry, and brioche-like notes are found in this full-bodied Cabernet. It avoids the rustic tannins of this vintage, and exhibits good sweetness and purity of fruit. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2009)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark (15.2% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. Highly complex yet discreet claret-like nose combines blueberry, cassis, violet, licorice, tobacco and menthol. Dense and savory, with its impression of medicinal reserve leavened by tobacco and earth notes. Conveys an impression of low acidity but quite concentrated and not short on energy. The blending grapes brought more sweetness, noted winemaker Capiaux, who described 2006 as "an up-and-down year with some heat spikes," adding that the harvest continued through the month of October. Finishes with big, dusty, building tannins and outstanding length. Early on, I preferred the 2007 to the 2006, but today I like the balance of the '06 more. (ST) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark The pair from O'Shaugnessy serves as a fine reminder that well-made wines will be found in great years and difficult ones alike, and, if this deep, keenly defined youngster is very much built in the sturdy Howell Mountain style, it still offers up loads of very precise Cabernet fruit and shows classic balance with the inner mass to properly buffer its age-demanding tannins. It is a touch tough, to be sure, but it has the right parts in all the right places to grow for a good many years. Inner quote mark (12/2009)

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