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2017 Abreu Las Posadas

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RATINGS

100James Suckling

Wow. Blackberries, lead pencil, dried flowers, black olives and purple fruit. Full body and super polished and refined tannins. Creamy and well defined. So polished. Nutmeg, clove and other dried spices. It goes on for minutes. Superb.

98Jeb Dunnuck

Lots of blue fruits, bay leaf, cedar, and chocolate notes... Lots of foresty notes, spice, cedar, and tobacco...savory, complex, full-bodied style that builds beautifully with air. Rich and flawlessly balanced, with a great mid-palate...

97Wine Spectator

Dark and winey, with lots of steeped black currant, fig and boysenberry compote flavors forming the bulk of the wine, while licorice snap and bittersweet cocoa notes weave around. Hefty but very fine-grained, with a suave feel as the fruit drips on the finish, offset nicely by subtle alder and warm earth hints.

97Vinous / IWC

Inky dark fruit, gravel, scorched earth and chocolate open first, followed by swaths of Howell Mountain tannin that give the wine its personality and drive.

96The Wine Advocate

Scents of caramel and singed sage join notes of dark chocolate and cassis on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is more silky than velvety, showing impressive elegance for a Cabernet-based wine from a mountain site.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain

Howell Mountain AVA in Northeastern Napa Valley was the first of Napa Valley’s sub-appellations, earning its own designation in 1984, just a year after Napa Valley became an appellation. As the name suggests, the AVA is in one of the highest elevations in the area. Every vineyard in the appellation is at least 1,400 feet above sea level. Some vineyards are as high as 2,200 feet and because of their altitude most of the AVA’s vineyards receive more sun than vineyards at lower elevations, which are affected by fog from the Pacific Ocean and the San Pablo Bay. Howell Mountain was home to vineyards in the late 19th century, but winemaker Randy Dunn is considered the area’s most influential modern pioneer. Dunn moved to Howell Mountain in 1979, acquired property and began making exceptionally rich Cabernet Sauvignon. The AVA also grows Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. There are 600 vineyard acres within Howell Mountain AVA.

VINTAGE

2017 Abreu Las Posadas

Formally Abreu Howell Mountain