O’Shaughnessy’s 2016 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous and multilayered wine that showcases the complexity of all seven of the Bordeaux varietals that they farm. The wine is dark ruby red with aromas of raspberries, currants, ripe plum, and a bit of smoke. Focused flavours of wild cherry jam, plum butter, and raspberry preserves are followed by a long finish with integrated acidity and complex palate-filling tannins. Muscular, but with restrained elegance, this wine carries the O’Shaughnessy trademark of balance and power.
“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is also brilliant and is a fabulous value that should be snatched up by readers. Sporting an inky purple colour, it has a textbook Howell Mountain nose of gamey blue fruits, pine forest, savoury herbs, iron, and crushed rock. With fabulous concentration, a pure, seamless texture, serious amounts of ripe tannins, and a blockbuster finish, this is one classy mountain Cabernet Sauvignon that will benefit from 4-5 years (it can be drunk today) and will keep for 2- 3 decades. The blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Saint Macaire, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Carmenere, all brought up in 80% new French oak.”
97+ points, JebDunnuck.com, Feb 2019
“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is composed of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Saint Macaire, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carménère. Deep garnet-purple coloured, it has provocative notes of baked blackberries, stewed plums and crème de cassis with earthy/savoury hints of fertile loam, chargrill, wood smoke and new leather plus a touch of sautéed herbs. Full-bodied with fantastic concentration and bags of savoury layers, it has a rock-solid line of grainy tannins and a compelling herbal lift on the finish.”
96+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2018
“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain) is inky, deep and explosive cedar, tobacco and grilled herbs add striking savoury nuance to this decidedly unctuous, potent Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. There is more than enough Howell structure to give the wine shape and a sense of direction. 2022-2036.”
95 points, Antonio Galloni vinous.com, Dec 2018