Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
from Napa Valley, California
Aroma: Luscious blackberry and boysenberry, with touches of white
pepper, lavender, anise and espresso bean.
Flavors: Intense, mouthfilling
profile of black cherry and raspberry, underlain with more
white pepper, wildflower, roasted coffee, tobacco and vanilla cream
followed by hints of coconut and rhubarb.
Finish: Complex flavors
extend all the way through mid-palate, ending in a full-throttle finish.
General: This smooth, polished wine possesses the weight and structure
befitting a mountain Cabernet. Fine, silky tannins provide the
scaffolding for long-term aging. Decanting is recommended.
Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon,
12% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc
"The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (84% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc) is a stunning wine with an opaque purple color and sweet, broad notes of licorice, plum, blueberry, blackberry, and cassis, as well as a hint of crushed rock. The oak is subtle and the wine savory, rich, and full-bodied, with remarkably sweet tannins, especially for a mountain Cabernet in 2006. This wine is approachable, although it promises to evolve for 20 or more years.
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