Full of power and grace, this wine leaps from the glass with ripe black fruit aromas – cherries,
berries, plums – that dance across the palate at first sip. There's a chocolate note to the wine as well,
and the overall first impression is of maraschino cherries rolled in cocoa powder. Supple and juicy,
the wine's fine tannins and lively acidity provide structure. The Cabernet Franc, as well as
oak-derived notes of spice and vanilla, add to the layered complexity and length of the wine.
"From Howell Mountain, the dense purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Rancho del Oso (an 1,800 foot elevation vineyard) is composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Sweet blackberry, black cherry, plum, anise and crushed rock aromas jump from the glass of this opaque purple-colored wine. Broad and full-bodied on the palate with hints of white chocolate and subtle oak/toast, it reveals terrific fruit, texture and opulence. Drink it over the next 20-25 years. "
The Wine Advocate
"Saturated deep ruby. Aromatic nose combines plum, cassis, dark chocolate, licorice and herbs. Deep dark fruit flavors are complicated by graphite, licorice and dried herbs, plus a hint of minerality. This shows firm acidity for Howell Mountain, along with sound ripeness and expressive aromatic character. Finishes suave and seamless, with a continuing mineral element. Much more satisfying than the 2006.
International Wine Cellar