LCBO Vintages Classics Collection
O’Shaughnessy’s 2015 Napa Valley offering really encompasses the essence of the year. This is a radiant Cabernet. The nose is layered with fragrant aromas of violets, lavender, dark raspberry, pencil lead and vanilla. The flavours are bright and focused, with gorgeous layers of cassis, cocoa, new leather, smoked meat and plum. The finish is lengthy and broad, with flavours of dried cranberry, cherry jubilee and wild blackberries and fine, well-integrated tannins.
“The 2015 Howell Mountain Caberent Sauvignon is a dark, inky wine, which instantly begins with a seductive aromatic profile of ripe blackberries and blueberries along with loam, spices, spring floral, pencil shavings and mountain herbs which all soar from the glass. On the palate this deep, intense Cabernet possesses a full body which is nicely structured and driven by a core of beautifully ripened sweet dark fruits which join with spices and loamy notes to envelope the palate. Everything comes together beautifully on the long, multidimensional finish. While this flat-out delicious today, it also has the makeup to age remarkably well for many years.”
95 points, International Wine Review, June 2018
“Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is redolent of warm blackberries and black cherries with hints of Indian spices, fertile soil, cedar and hoisin. Big, full-bodied and voluptuous in the mouth, the concentrated, multilayered fruit is well framed by firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy.”
95 points, Lisa Perroti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2017
“No shortage of crème de cassis on the palate here as well as ripe stems, underbrush, clay and hot stones. The palate though is really fresh and vibrant with structured tannins, bright fruit, driven acidity and a fruity yet minerally finish. Drink in 2020.”
93 points, JamesSuckling.com, Dec 2017