Early, dense, powerful, and intriguing, Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($105) showcases the masculine character of iron-rich mountain fruit from high atop Napa Valley’s Howell Mountain AVA. From high elevations where warm summer sunshine-filled days with high temperatures give way to cooling afternoon and evening temperatures as the daily fog rolls into the vines, fruit is able to achieve juicy ripeness while maintaining freshness, ensuring the resulting wine is balanced and inviting.
Nicely concentrated, with structure and complexity, enhanced by 24 months of French oak aging, followed by an additional year of bottle aging. This ensures that when the wine is released it is ready to be enjoyed, or can easily be held for many years to come, a trait of quality Howell Mountain wines. Blackberry and black cherry meld with toasted spice, dried tobacco, chocolate, and cedar with a lingering palate filled with luscious complexity. Pair with braised short ribs or beef stew, savory roasted vegetables, or grilled ribeyes. #Cheers