O\'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Category: Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, St. Macaire, Carmenere, Petit Verdot
Region: California » Napa Valley » Howell Mountain
Producer: O'Shaughnessy
Alcohol: 15.3%
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The 2008 vintage began with normal winter rains followed by a reasonably dry spring resulting in an earlier than normal bud break. The Napa Valley experienced the worst spring frosts in 31 years, slowing canopy development, coupled with strong winds during bloom, resulted in a 33% reduction in fruit. Our canopy management in May and June was challenging due to the "winter like " spring conditions. When summer weather finally arrived the balance of the season created ideal growing conditions with a few heat spikes, resulting in excellent quality fruit. Our harvest began with the whites on September 3rd and concluded with Cabernet Franc on October 29th.

Wine Advocate

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is comprised of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest six other grapes - Merlot, Malbec, St. Macaire (how often do you see that!), Petit Verdot, Carmenere, and Cabernet Franc - and is aged 20 months in three-fourths French oak. It has a dense purple color, a wonderful, crystalline nose of crushed rock, camphor, creme de cassis and spring flowers, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. The tannins are moderately high, but they are soft and well-integrated. This is a wine of tremendous intensity and plenty of up-side. Give this wine 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 20-25 years.

Score: 94+. —Robert Parker, December 2010.

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