- Producer: O'Shaughnessy Estate - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Sean Capiaux
- Region (AVA): Napa (Howell Mountain)
- Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Saint Macaire, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carménère
- Vintage production: 1,888 cases
- Winery location: Howell Mountian
- Owners: Betty O'Shaughnessy Wools
- First Vintage: 2004
- Drinking window: 2023-2048
About the Wine
Many of the Howell Mountain Estate's vines now exhibit eighteen years of age and have established deep roots on the 120-acre hillside property. Between 1997 and 2002, O'Shaughnessy planted 29 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. They also cultivated 6 acres of all eight of the Bordeaux blending varietals, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Carmenere, St. Macaire, and Gros Verdot. In pursuit of maximizing their options for flavor, they utilized several different root stocks and clones for their Cabernet Sauvignon plantings.
The vines span two distinct vineyards on Howell Mountain. The Amphitheater vineyard derives its name from its shape across the hillside. The Rancho del Oso vineyard, nearest the winery, boasts a resident black bear who visits from time to time. In 2012, Betty was fortunate to purchase an adjacent 15 acres which was planted with Cabernet Sauvignon. These three vineyards are farmed exclusively to produce the Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Howell Mountain Merlot.
O'Shaughnessy Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
“The 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."
97+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2019)