The 2005 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon holds true to site with its impressive balance and deep coloring. The aromas are a combination of ripe dark cherry and berry fruits. These powerful fruit flavors create a long, lingering finish of rich blueberry on the palate, a velvety mouthfeel and generous, but not harsh, tannins with every sip. This 2005 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is well suited for venison steaks and twice baked potatoes.
The Atlas Peak Mountain Series are limited production wines that showcase the best of the prestigious Napa Valley Mountains: Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain and Spring Mountain District. The grapes growing at high elevation, and above the natural fog line, experience lower daytime temperatures than those on the valley floor, allowing the grapes to stay cool while gaining maximum sun exposure. Mountain top vineyards have poorer soils, allowing better drainage, thereby producing smaller berries with more skin to juice. These wines are handcrafted by our winemaker to make more intense, more structured and age worthy wines.
"Big, firm tannins mark this wine. They're not clunky and hard, though, but refined and smooth, providing a rich structure to the massively concentrated blackberries, blueberries, cherries and sweet, smoky oak. Very fine and classic, and drinking well now, with decanting, and through the next 6–8 years."
Smooth & Supple
I noticed some cinnamon, clove and nutmeg on the nose. Very Fruit forward. Smooth, luscious and balanced. Full-bodied with flavor that's is loaded with black currants and hints of oak/spice. The finish is pretty long with nice tannins, although still tightly wound. This cab will age nicely, but you can certainly drink it now. I decanted it (w/Vinturi) for about an hour and it opened up nicely!! Overall, a deep, dark, jammy Napa cab. I Recommend it!!