• Producer: O'Shaughnessy Estate - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Sean Capiaux
  • Region (AVA): Napa (Howell Mountain)
  • Blend: 100% Merlot
  • Vintage production: 444 cases
  • Winery location: Howell Mountian
  • Owners: Betty O'Shaughnessy Wools
  • First Vintage: 2004
  • Drinking window: 2016-2025


About the Estate


Such was the sheer beauty of the O’Shaughnessy Estate, it took the Four Corners team a disproportionally long time to drive through the vineyards between the front gates and the winery perched at the top of Howell Mountain. It was impossible not to stop and admire each new view that emerged as we rounded every corner, and we struggled to lift our gaping jaws from the floor throughout the entire visit. Given the heavenly surroundings, it’s no surprise to discover that the wines are some of the best being produced in Napa and remain, thankfully, relatively under the radar. Needless to say, the critics have been heaping on the praise. The two mountain Cabernets are produced from the Estates vineyards on Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder respectively, with the Chardonnay coming from the O’Shaughnessy’s vineyard in Oakville. While all of the wines are currently vinified in the Howell Mountain cellar, a new facility on Mount Veeder will be opening in late 2016 solely for this Cabernet.


O'Shaughnessy Estate Howell Mountain Merlot 2013

  • “The 2013 Merlot is dark, intense and flavorful, with an intriguing combination of intense fruit and the savory/mineral overtones that are typical of Howell Mountain. Iron, smoke, game, tobacco and licorice are some of the signatures. Far from an easygoing wine, the Merlot has more than enough richness to drink well for a number of years, along with the tannic heft of a mountain wine.”

    92 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Oct. 2015)


    “A chunky 100% Merlot, the 2013 offers gorgeous toffee, black cherry and mocha notes as well as some chocolate. It has beautiful density, a plump, corpulent, medium to full-bodied texture, and a luscious finish. This is a sexpot of a Merlot fruit bomb to drink over the next 8-10 years.”

    92 points, Robert Parker (Oct. 2015)