This Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is structured and complex while remaining elegant and pure. It’s a wine with freshness and elegance that does not come at the expense of structure and complexity. They aim to change the narrative surrounding Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It happens that they have chosen the most “massive” of all AVA’s to do so. The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is expansive with intriguing depth. A defined aromatic core, seamless on the palate with finely polished tannins. The lingering finish is expressive, possessing tension while remaining fresh and light.
- Lots of harnessed power in this version. A deep well of cassis, plum and boysenberry fruit flavors are in reserve, but for now encased by tannins and racy red tea and savory details. Sleek, with a deeply buried iron note. Everything should meld and stretch out nicely with some cellaring. Best from 2023 through 2035. WA 93 pts
- The team at Ink Grade favors east and north-facing blocks for their own label, including the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in a variety of different-sized oak vessels, the nose features scents of vanilla, cedar and cassis, with a gentle minty overtone. Full-bodied and firm but not lacking flesh or richness, this wine is dense and concentrated but lively and taut, with a long, dusty finish framed by fine-grained tannins. RP 93 pts