2008 O'Shaughnessy - Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 750ml

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94+

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is comprised of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest six other grapes ' Merlot, Malbec, St. Macaire (how often do you see that!), Petit Verdot, Carmenere, and Cabernet Franc ' and is aged 20 months in three-fourths French oak. It has a dense purple color, a wonderful, crystalline nose of crushed rock, camphor, creme de cassis and spring flowers, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. The tannins are moderately high, but they are soft and well-integrated. This is a wine of tremendous intensity and plenty of up-side. Give this wine 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 20-25 years.

Drink Dates: 2012-2037
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: #192

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

(81% cabernet sauvignon, along with merlot, cabernet franc, malbec, petit verdot, carmenere and St. Macaire; as with the 2004 and 2006 bottlings, this wine includes all seven varieties planted in this vineyard): Bright ruby-red. Perfumed nose offers plum, black cherry, graphite, mocha, cedar, chocolate mint and sexy toasty oak (75% new). Compellingly sweet and pliant, with a velvety texture given shape by harmonious acidity. Still a bit ungiving on the firmly tannic finish, which hints at menthol. This very rich, pure wine needs time in bottle to develop more complexity and should be long-lived.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: flwine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/07/2014
Drink Dates: 2012-2028

Rating: 97
Author: Todd7
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/16/2012
I have had so many uninspiring bottles of wine this summer that I was beginning to lose interest in wine altogether....until this wine. Beautiful Nose of tar, flowers, and wood. Incredibly smooth with a finish that lasts 15 seconds. Wonderful mouthfeel and ready to enjoy now!

Rating: 96
Author: cloudon
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/30/2014
Had with a steak at Wildfire and it was standout. Violet, mineral, plums with a dark purple core. Integrated and silky this is a young wine with a lot left. had some on the second night and it continued to evolve. Fantastic wine from Howell mtn.

Rating: 95
Author: David 429
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/22/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2025
Gorgeous nose right out of the bottle, big bold berries and cherries, deep ruby red, beautiful soft tannins and a long lingering sweet finish with no air time. I imagine that in an hours time this wine will be incredible. Great wine for the money.

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Rating: 95
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/11/2015
Nose of coffee and hazelnut. Big, round and full bodied. Lots of black currants and a hint of vanilla. The finish goes on and on.

Average rating: 94, based on 7 reviews
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161 bottles owned by 46 collectors.

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About This Producer


No expense was spared by Betty O'Shaughnessy building her Howell Mountain winery, developing the steeply terraced vineyards and hiring Sean Capiaux as winemaker. The winery also produces a Mt. Veeder bottling .

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Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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