I'm a big fan of Howell Mountain fruit, party because I find the appellation's diverse terrain yields
such individualistic wines, worthy of vineyard-designation. The 2007 Cimarossa is both
structured and generous, brimming with dark fruits and exotic spices that stay pure and racy on
the palate. Solid and stylish, the wine's ripe, silky tannins are wrapped in sweet French oak, giving
the wine a long, lovely finish.
"From another Howell Mountain vineyard, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa (96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc) , from a vineyard owned by Betty O’Shaughnessy, is a layered, voluptuously textured effort displaying lots of wild mountain berry fruit intermixed with Asian spices, graphite, toasty oak and forest floor. This massive, rich but beautifully balanced Cabernet is aged 24 months in 100% new French oak casks (as are the other Sbragian Cabernets). It should age effortlessly for 15-20 years."
The Wine Advocate