International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89($90) Medium ruby. Black cherry, ripe raspberry, menthol, minerals and flowers on the nose. Tight and rather lean on entry, then juicy and cool in the middle palate, with less sweetness and more of an herbal character than the St. Helena Home Vineyard bottling. I find these tannins slightly tough.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 88The Howell Mountain cuvees, including the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Steinhauer Ranch and 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Rancho del Oso, came across as more herbal, with distinctive notes of crushed rocks, flowers, and red and black fruits.Author: Robert Parker
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