O'Shaughnessy

Cave Cuvée Howell Mountain Red Blend

9.3604 ratings
9.387 pro ratings
Top Notes For
Jake Hajer

Ohhhhh....big and dark, seductive- dense without being aggressive could age much longer. Complex. Loved.

Ohhhhh....big and dark, seductive- dense without being aggressive could age much longer. Complex. Loved.

Dec 7th, 2019
Shay A
9.2

This was served blind. Dark core with some bricking around the edges. A touch of aged funk at first, then it shows dates, dark cocoa, mocha and blackberries. It’s got dusty tannins all over, but the finish was quite powerful and almost chalky. The mid palate was a medley of older baking spices, red plum, baked black cherries and old graham cracker. This held up in the decanter for a while and while it’s not getting better, I imagine it will hold here for a few years. I called this early 2000s mountain cab heavy blend from O’Shaughnessy. Thanks @Jason Jones

This was served blind. Dark core with some bricking around the edges. A touch of aged funk at first, then it shows dates, dark cocoa, mocha and blackberries. It’s got dusty tannins all over, but the finish was quite powerful and almost chalky. The mid palate was a medley of older baking spices, red plum, baked black cherries and old graham cracker. This held up in the decanter for a while and while it’s not getting better, I imagine it will hold here for a few years. I called this early 2000s mountain cab heavy blend from O’Shaughnessy. Thanks @Jason Jones

Dec 4th, 2019
Shay A
9.4

Fun Friday evening with great wines.

Checks all my boxes. I love Howell Mtn fruit. Everything about it is dark and ripe, yet powerful and smooth. Iron fist in a velvet glove. Sweet baking spices accompanied by blue fruit, blackberries, dark cocoa and nutmeg on the nose. Soft with a powerful core of dark fruit. Rich, but not boozy or flabby. Drinking fantastic right now with an hour decant.

Fun Friday evening with great wines.

Checks all my boxes. I love Howell Mtn fruit. Everything about it is dark and ripe, yet powerful and smooth. Iron fist in a velvet glove. Sweet baking spices accompanied by blue fruit, blackberries, dark cocoa and nutmeg on the nose. Soft with a powerful core of dark fruit. Rich, but not boozy or flabby. Drinking fantastic right now with an hour decant.

Aug 10th, 2019
Ari Erle

Amazing to drink this wine 12 years after helping the master Sean Capiaux make it! Still young and intense, great concentration, long finish. Inky soy sauce and still full of raspberry and blueberry fruit...

Amazing to drink this wine 12 years after helping the master Sean Capiaux make it! Still young and intense, great concentration, long finish. Inky soy sauce and still full of raspberry and blueberry fruit...

Jul 2nd, 2019
Shay A
9.4

Heck of a 3rd Friday to kick off the holidays!

Dense! Inky. Hoisin sauce, blackberry preserve, peppercorn on the nose. Turned dark and savory, with licorice and baked berry pie. Young in every aspect but also upside in every aspect.

Heck of a 3rd Friday to kick off the holidays!

Dense! Inky. Hoisin sauce, blackberry preserve, peppercorn on the nose. Turned dark and savory, with licorice and baked berry pie. Young in every aspect but also upside in every aspect.

Dec 22nd, 2018
LM Segal

Intense and focussed with a smoky and slightly peaty nose. Dark cherry and earthy blueberry. Sweet tobacco. Seek this out. Outstanding, with 10-15 years ahead at least.

Intense and focussed with a smoky and slightly peaty nose. Dark cherry and earthy blueberry. Sweet tobacco. Seek this out. Outstanding, with 10-15 years ahead at least.

Dec 22nd, 2018
David L

Can’t miss Howell MT. Nose is to die for. Fruit forward & a crowd pleaser!

Can’t miss Howell MT. Nose is to die for. Fruit forward & a crowd pleaser!

Dec 16th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

When the boss hands you a bottle of one of your favorite wines just because it’s Friday afternoon... you try to rib him, but in the end it’s just... 🙏👏👊💯🍷

The 2012 O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is 79% of the named varietal with a mix of 6% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 4% St Macaire, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cab Franc, and 2% Carmenere.

Impressively virile aromatics of blackberry, cassis, 72% cacao, dark roast coffee, and a blend of masculine spice, including clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The palate features notable concentration set against a soft cushion of savory herbs and minerality that helps frame the decadent fruit through its lengthy finish. Excellent mountain fruit that’s still an extraordinary value in terms of Napa pricing. 95+

When the boss hands you a bottle of one of your favorite wines just because it’s Friday afternoon... you try to rib him, but in the end it’s just... 🙏👏👊💯🍷

The 2012 O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is 79% of the named varietal with a mix of 6% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 4% St Macaire, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cab Franc, and 2% Carmenere.

Impressively virile aromatics of blackberry, cassis, 72% cacao, dark roast coffee, and a blend of masculine spice, including clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The palate features notable concentration set against a soft cushion of savory herbs and minerality that helps frame the decadent fruit through its lengthy finish. Excellent mountain fruit that’s still an extraordinary value in terms of Napa pricing. 95+

Jul 7th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.4

First wine for Chops Grille House. Decanted for five hours and definitely helped with the heat. Deep and dark ruby red with a touch of garnet. Layered nose with volcanic ash, dark raspberries, oak, dark cocoa and dark spices. Medium plus tannins (7/10) and full bodied. Lush and rich palate with red mountain berries, dark sweet spices, a bit dusty and a little anise. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2027.

First wine for Chops Grille House. Decanted for five hours and definitely helped with the heat. Deep and dark ruby red with a touch of garnet. Layered nose with volcanic ash, dark raspberries, oak, dark cocoa and dark spices. Medium plus tannins (7/10) and full bodied. Lush and rich palate with red mountain berries, dark sweet spices, a bit dusty and a little anise. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2027.

Apr 29th, 2018
Riccardo L.

Fantastic depth. Full of barrel and ripe fruit. EXACTLY what is want out of a wine of this caliber. Superb.

Fantastic depth. Full of barrel and ripe fruit. EXACTLY what is want out of a wine of this caliber. Superb.

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