2009 O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1113511 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The deep garnet colored 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain does pirouettes out of the glass, flashing fancy blackberry pie, preserved Morello cherries and blackcurrant pastilles notes plus hints of cigar box, potpourri, fallen leaves, mossy tree bark and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate features lovely freshness and a ripe, fine-grained texture supporting the multilayered black and red fruits, finishing long and mineral laced. (LPB) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark This is a thrilling set of wines from the gregarious Betty O'Shaughnessy and her winemaker Sean Capiaux. The Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon includes a host of other varieties, while the Mt. Veeder bottling is 100% Cabernet. Both wines spend 20 months in French oak barrels and are bottled without fining or filtration. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is all minerals, graphite and pure Howell Mountain. Layers of dark red fruit come to life in this articulate, pedigreed Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 needs another few years in the bottle, but it is already quite striking, especially with some time in the glass. Saline notes frame the long finish. The 2009 is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% St. Macaire and 2% Cabernet Franc. (AG) 94+ Inner quote mark (12/2011)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Black fruit, almost leathery – but has a floral lift too. Very chewy. Powerful, broad-shouldered. 17/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

K&L Notes

92+ points, Stephen Tanzer in Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Rather cool aromas of dark fruits, violet, licorice and Christmas spices. Suave, fine-grained and deep but not at all outsized, conveying a hint of exotic fruits but also the energy of a cooler year; a bit high-toned in the context of this group. Doesn't offer the size or volume of some more recent vintages but I like the wine's restrained sweetness--and it's not at all short on concentration. Finishes tactile, chewy and youthfully tight, with obvious tannic backbone and excellent length. This, too, appears to be passing through a rather closed phase." (07/2019)

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