International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93($75) Bright, deep red-ruby. Black fruits, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose. Deep, dense and tactile, with an enticing silky texture and an intriguing saline nuance to the flavors of black cherry, cassis and dark chocolate. There's a medicinal quality here that contributes to the complexity of this sweet but energetic wine. Really quite three-dimensional in its palate feel.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2010
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95The stunning 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot) is the finest Cabernet this estate has yet produced from their Howell Mountain holdings. A dense purple color to the rim as well as an exquisite bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, camphor, creme de cassis, smoke, and crushed rocks are followed by sweet fruit, gorgeous density, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a layered, multidimensional mid-palate and length. With no hard edges, this flawless wine should drink well for 20-25 years.Drink Dates: 2009-2034Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 93Author: Hal1
Self | Rating: 94Author: Cutrx
Self | Rating: 94Author: Dan McD
Self | Rating: 94Author: jchrisc
Self | Rating: 9797 points. Almost perfection. Big bold fruits and smooth tannins. Amazing how each year, O'Shaughnessy is able to produce consistent wines that are approachable right away and keep for years to comeDrink Dates: 2010-2020Author: RDL
Self | Rating: 92Big powerful dark fruit, smooth tannins and a bit of acidity. Good to very goodAuthor: Jeffrey M989
Self | Rating: 94Color is almost black. The nose is dark berries and plum with a little coffee. Very powerful on the palate, yet with silky tannins. Ultra long finish. This is indeed a very good wine.Author: Litig8tr
Self | Rating: 94Really good wine. Balanced and layered. Perfectly aged.Author: JCashman
Self | Rating: 92very smoothAuthor: fage
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the and in , and and in .
The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.
Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with , which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this . These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. producers such as , , and consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.
New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like , , and .
All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 497 bottles owned
- 103 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 103 collectors)