O'Shaughnessy

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

9.3539 ratings
9.374 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
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.

3 people found it helpfulOct 19th, 2015
Jordan Gianelli

I'd buy a case if I had room in the cellar. STUNNING, show stopping and for the price, probably the most dominant $100 out of Napa. Keep up the good work. Minerals crushed rocks, fresh fresh black fruit that was exposed to some tricky oak. I'll definitely revisit.

I'd buy a case if I had room in the cellar. STUNNING, show stopping and for the price, probably the most dominant $100 out of Napa. Keep up the good work. Minerals crushed rocks, fresh fresh black fruit that was exposed to some tricky oak. I'll definitely revisit.

3 people found it helpfulDec 3rd, 2013
Wayne Hollister

Terrific compliment to salted dark chocolate carmels. One of the best cabs we had in a while. Worth every sip.

Terrific compliment to salted dark chocolate carmels. One of the best cabs we had in a while. Worth every sip.

1 person found it helpfulSep 5th, 2017
Mike Steffel

Great wine from Sean Capiaux!

Great wine from Sean Capiaux!

1 person found it helpfulAug 26th, 2014
Scott Kirkpatrick

Not quite as amazing as I remembered, but still elegant and bold with a silky structure.

Not quite as amazing as I remembered, but still elegant and bold with a silky structure.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 17th, 2014
Ari Erle

Dark, deep, licorice, figs, ripe, black fruits, violets, very complex, big, full body, smooth, long, hot finish. Still has another 10
Years!

Dark, deep, licorice, figs, ripe, black fruits, violets, very complex, big, full body, smooth, long, hot finish. Still has another 10
Years!

Jun 7th, 2017
Chris Opdyke

WOW!! This guy is loaded full of dark fruits and cassis. Full bodied with layers for days. What a stunner!

WOW!! This guy is loaded full of dark fruits and cassis. Full bodied with layers for days. What a stunner!

Feb 8th, 2017
Kevin Ortzman

I wasn't crazy about this bottle - I struggled to find enjoyable flavors, tar and petroleum dominated.

I wasn't crazy about this bottle - I struggled to find enjoyable flavors, tar and petroleum dominated.

Oct 8th, 2016