2017 HALL Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon - Vineyard Partners
"The 2017 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a sensational new release by HALL. Gorgeous aromatics of creme de cassis, Turkish coffee, smoke and blueberry compote all collide on the nose. The palate shows off its silky, seductive texture and scintillating length. Layers of black cherry cough syrup, mocha and tar are woven together with sweet pipe tobacco, tar and graphite. The wonderful sense of range here is particularly striking. With great weight and poise, this is a stunning Cabernet Sauvignon that has some serious aging potential. "
91 Points | Wine Spectator, James Molesworth
"Nicely packed with ripe plum, boysenberry and blackberry compote flavors, this red is harnessed by a strong graphite spine and singed alder notes on the finish. Light violet and licorice snap accents chime in the background."
Effusive aromas of blackberry, freshly turned earth and subtly warm toasty oak notes. The palate is dense and richly concentrated with fine grained tannin. Flavors of dark chocolate, dark berry compote, and hints of dried thyme and leather are abundant. The finish on this wine is powerful and alive, with just a hint of soil driven mineral on the finish. This is a wine that was built for aging, and will gracefully soften over the next decade...
Perched 1400 feet above the valley floor, Howell Mountain is well above the fog line. This natural inversion layer assures the vineyards are drenched in sunlight from daybreak to sunset. Cooler spring temperatures cause buds to break later than average, and warm summer nights produce fruit of opulence and density. With rocky, infertile volcanic soils, the water is freely drained and the vines struggle and are low in vigor, producing intense wines from small clusters and berries.