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Date Printed: 9/3/2014
O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 99045)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/3/2014: $74.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 Howell Mountain has an opaque ruby red color with a garnet hue. Ripe cherry, blackberry, smoke, tobacco leaf, coco bean and dark chocolate aromas are framed by sweet vanilla oak. Elegant but concentrated flavors of espresso bean, graphite, raspberry and strawberry preserves are followed by a long complex finish with silky tannins and good acidity. An extracted wine that is rewarding upon release but will continue to improve with cellaring.
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About O'Shaughnessy:

Our winemaking philosophy at O'Shaughnessy Estate winery is to produce wines that express the unique character of our estate vineyards and their appellation. The winemaking style is contemporary, utilizing cutting edge fermentation equipment paired with natural, hands-on winemaking. Our emphasis is on balance; the concentrated nature of the grapes from our estate vineyards needs to be in balance with the flavors and aromas in order to produce the most harmonious wine.