O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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The 2011 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a supple and exciting wine that knows how to make an immediate impression. The wine is dark purple in color with a deep ruby edge. Brandied cherry, cocoa, wild plum, blueberry, pomegranate, and violet aromas intermingled with vanilla cream jump from the glass. Expressive fruit concentrates on the palate with boysenberry, black olive, fig jam and crème de cassis being followed by a long complex finish with balanced tannins and good acidity. An extracted wine that is rewarding upon release but will continue to improve with cellaring.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Howell Mountain
Brand O'Shaughnessy
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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VinousO'Shaughnessy's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is beautiful. The tannins are remarkably polished and sophisticated for a Howell Mountain Cabernet. Sweet red berries, tobacco, licorice and cedar are all woven into a silky, refined finish. There is plenty of Howell Mountain salinity in the glass, but not quite the power and energy that are typical of this wine, or the best Howell Mountain Cabernets in this vintage. Overall, the 2011 is a bit on the lighter side of things, but it is quite pretty in its own way. 2016-2026.

Antonio Galloni