O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750ml


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Many of O'Shaughnessy's estate vines now exhibit close to 20 years of age on this 100 acre hillside property. Betty O'Shaughnessy Woolls and her husband Paul Woolls planted 29 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon between 1997 and 2002. They also cultivate 6 acres of blending varieties: Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Carmenere and St. Macaire. In pursuit of maximizing our options for flavor, they utilized several different root stocks and clones for their Cabernet plantings. Founding winemaker, Sean Capiaux, has established an impressive and notable career over the past 26 years at prominent wineries around the globe. He graduated from California State University, Fresno in the late-80's and began his career at Jordan Winery. Sean traveled to Perth, Australia to work on the winemaking team at the Houghton Winery and later returned to the United States to become the assistant winemaker at Pine Ridge Winery in the Stags Leap district. Peter Michael Winery tapped him to become their assistant winemaker where he worked for four years. Sean spent several years as a bicoastal winemaker attending to wines both on Long Island and in California before coming to O'Shaughnessy.

Made of a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and St. Macaire, this Howell Mountain beauty is typically aged for 20 months in French oak. Robert Parker raves : 'O’Shaughnessy is one of my favorite under-the-radar Napa estates.'
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
Brand O'Shaughnessy
Alcohol/vol 14.8%
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Jeb DunnuckThe 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is also brilliant and is a fabulous value that should be snatched up by readers. Sporting an inky purple color, it has a textbook Howell Mountain nose of gamey blue fruits, pine forest, savory herbs, iron, and crushed rock. With fabulous concentration, a pure, seamless texture, serious amounts of ripe tannins, and a blockbuster finish, this is one classy Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon that will benefit from 4-5 years (it can be drunk today) and will keep for 2-3 decades. The blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Saint Macaire, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Carmenere, all brought up in 80% new French oak.

January 31, 2019
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Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is composed of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Saint Macaire, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carménère. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has provocative notes of baked blackberries, stewed plums and crème de cassis with earthy/savory hints of fertile loam, chargrill, wood smoke and new leather plus a touch of sautéed herbs. Full-bodied with fantastic concentration and bags of savory layers, it has a rock-solid line of grainy tannins and a compelling herbal lift on the finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 29, 2018
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VinousThe 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain) is inky, deep and explosive Cedar, tobacco and grilled herbs add striking savory nuance to this decidedly unctuous, potent Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. There is more than enough Howell structure to give the wine shape and a sense of direction.

Antonio Galloni, December 2018