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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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Formally Abreu Howell Mountain