Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Hillside Blend Howell Mountain Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

9.327 ratings
9.47 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

This is not as ready to drink as their cab but that's Howell Mtn.. tannins are bigger and it has a bit of bite but not that much. Fruits again are creamy, round, full and lush. Blackberries, black raspberries, blueberries, black plum. a little smoke, touch of herbs, grilled meats, powdery dark minerals, rich black moist soil, soft leather, just a hint of grafite. Finishes long and beautiful. Consistent start to finish. She'll be a beauty 10-15 years down the road.

This is not as ready to drink as their cab but that's Howell Mtn.. tannins are bigger and it has a bit of bite but not that much. Fruits again are creamy, round, full and lush. Blackberries, black raspberries, blueberries, black plum. a little smoke, touch of herbs, grilled meats, powdery dark minerals, rich black moist soil, soft leather, just a hint of grafite. Finishes long and beautiful. Consistent start to finish. She'll be a beauty 10-15 years down the road.

1 person found it helpfulSep 18th, 2016
Shawn R

Deep black-purple hues in the glass. Intense highly concentrated nose flashing peet moss, black fruit jam jar and a cedar edge. Ran through a Venturi sipped 15min later. Tannins are chewy and big. Wine builds slow, front of the palate hints coco dusted chocolates and dried plum. Back of the palate is the show, cigar box, singed wood accents and leather. Mouth dry finish that rolls and tickles presenting fruit, minerals and herbaceous aftertaste. Fun young, but will do better with some time in the bottle. I couldn't help myself...

Deep black-purple hues in the glass. Intense highly concentrated nose flashing peet moss, black fruit jam jar and a cedar edge. Ran through a Venturi sipped 15min later. Tannins are chewy and big. Wine builds slow, front of the palate hints coco dusted chocolates and dried plum. Back of the palate is the show, cigar box, singed wood accents and leather. Mouth dry finish that rolls and tickles presenting fruit, minerals and herbaceous aftertaste. Fun young, but will do better with some time in the bottle. I couldn't help myself...

Nov 17th, 2016
Anthony Huynh

dark skin fruit, cherry, long finish

dark skin fruit, cherry, long finish

Aug 15th, 2019
Stephen Pierron

Hands down, one of my favorite blends from Napa (particularly Howell Mountain). Tons of blueberry notes! Love it!

Hands down, one of my favorite blends from Napa (particularly Howell Mountain). Tons of blueberry notes! Love it!

Oct 21st, 2018
Allison Serafin

This paired perfectly with a Twix. 😂❤️ Balanced and nearly perfect. This wine was delicious.

This paired perfectly with a Twix. 😂❤️ Balanced and nearly perfect. This wine was delicious.

Dec 19th, 2017
Susan Sangiacomo

Decanted for 3 hours. Creamy thickness that coated my tongue. Leather with dark berries not able to fully wake up just yet.

Decanted for 3 hours. Creamy thickness that coated my tongue. Leather with dark berries not able to fully wake up just yet.

May 14th, 2017
Damon Matz

Hugely ripe 71% merlot 29%, 15.1 % cab from Howell mt. A cornucopia of dark fruits, cinnamon, clove, vanilla. Spice on the finish. Some time would benefit, try again in 2020.

Hugely ripe 71% merlot 29%, 15.1 % cab from Howell mt. A cornucopia of dark fruits, cinnamon, clove, vanilla. Spice on the finish. Some time would benefit, try again in 2020.

Apr 23rd, 2017
Tim MacAdams

Big flavors with strong tannins. Still thought it was great, but will continue to improve over the next few years. Recommend!

Big flavors with strong tannins. Still thought it was great, but will continue to improve over the next few years. Recommend!

Mar 15th, 2017
Ryan Dame

Rich and ripe

Rich and ripe

May 28th, 2016
Derek Hearst

Right Bank influenced

Right Bank influenced

Jan 23rd, 2016