2015 Duckhorn Vineyards Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Duckhorn Vineyards has sourced grapes from this distinctive region for more than a quarter century and has crafted a Howell Mountain bottling since 1989. Recognized as one of the Napa Valley’s most acclaimed winegrowing regions, grapes from Howell Mountain are famous for producing age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignons with rich, deep color and excellent structure. To encourage further complexity, we bottle-age this mountain-grown wine one year longer than our other wines prior to release.
Varietal Content: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc; Cooperage: 100% French oak -18 months new/6 months neutral
Howell Mountain is rightfully legendary for the character and quality of its mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, and this wine shows why. On the nose, robust aromas of currant and blackberry mingle with undercurrents of sweet baking spices, tea leaf, cocoa and clove. Dusty tannins frame the rich dark berry fruit, with savory undertones providing a depth and complexity that carries through to a long, robust finish.
In Napa Valley, a warm, dry spring resulted in any early budbreak, while an extended flowering period brought a return to normal yields after three years of abundant crops. With berry weights down, the grapes offered great concentration, while retaining excellent acidity. We had one of our earliest harvests in the past decade, with our first white grapes arriving at the winery on July 31st. A light rain in mid-September nourished the vines, while providing welcome additional hangtime. Overall, the quality of the fruit was exceptional, with our white wines showing both richness and complexity, and our red grapes displaying a fine balance between elegance and intensity, with gorgeous dark fruit flavors.
I have two coworkers who are big fans of Duckhorn wines. One likes to order a bottle for special business occasions, and the other recently visited the vineyard and ended up becoming a Duckhorn Wine Club member. So you can imagine how excited I was to try the 2015 Duckhorn Vineyards Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It was a reward for getting through the workweek and tackling a new recipe (for spicy lamb stew with daikon). Oh my gosh, now I understand my coworkers' devotion to Duckhorn. The Cabernet Sauvignon was incredible … rich, robust and bursting with berry flavor. The next time you want to treat yourself or a loved one, consider buying a bottle of 2015 Duckhorn Vineyards Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. You won't regret it! I completed this review in exchange for compensation and free product, but all views are my own.
(Nov 12, 2019 at 3:21 PM)
This wine is exceptional! It is a breath of happiness in a glass. There is a deep rich warm nutty taste that swirls in your mouth with wine joy. We ate this with a rustic berry pie with cinnamon whipped cream. It was the perfect pairing of sweet warming spices with this fabulous wind. I sooo highly recommend this wine. You will feel like its a gift in a bottle of amazing flavor. Cheers to amazing wine and fun things to celebrate. I completed this review in exchange for compensation and free product, but all views are my own.
(Nov 13, 2019 at 5:15 PM)
We thoroughly enjoyed this flavorful classic wine. It's great with a good old fashioned steak. The bold flavor is also amazing with a rich dark chocolate cake with raspberry filling. And I also love it with a strong salty cheeses like pecorino cheese and some cured meats for an appetizer. It's a truly great addition to any gathering or rich meal. I completed this review in exchange for compensation and free product, but all views are my own.