O'Shaughnessy

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

9.3107 ratings
9.220 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
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
Mark Flesher

Showing some slight sign of age. Ready to drink after a 30 minute decant. Aged blackberry, saddle leather, mushroom. Tannin has softened quite a bit and have started to fall out as there was a ton of sediment on the cork. Some baked fig, roasted quality about it from start to finish. I have one more of these and will probably be opening this up sooner vs later. I am noticing that although these have holding power, the OSh wines (all of thm) and Cimarossa wines made by Capioux (03 and 04 only) don't seem to do as well as the Cimarossa wines made by Mia Klein from 05-present.

Showing some slight sign of age. Ready to drink after a 30 minute decant. Aged blackberry, saddle leather, mushroom. Tannin has softened quite a bit and have started to fall out as there was a ton of sediment on the cork. Some baked fig, roasted quality about it from start to finish. I have one more of these and will probably be opening this up sooner vs later. I am noticing that although these have holding power, the OSh wines (all of thm) and Cimarossa wines made by Capioux (03 and 04 only) don't seem to do as well as the Cimarossa wines made by Mia Klein from 05-present.

1 person found it helpfulSep 8th, 2020
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
David L

10' O'Shaughnessy Howell MT Cabernet. Loving Howell MT. Certainly not the most complex wine. Who gives a crap ...It's absolutely delicious! Smooth & such a crowd pleaser!

10' O'Shaughnessy Howell MT Cabernet. Loving Howell MT. Certainly not the most complex wine. Who gives a crap ...It's absolutely delicious! Smooth & such a crowd pleaser!

Apr 17th, 2017
Rick Baumgarten

Middle of a very strong flight

Middle of a very strong flight

Apr 24th, 2016
Scott Kirkpatrick

Never a bad night when you open this guy. Was a little bit bigger than the dinner needed, but everyone at the table loved it (as they should).

Never a bad night when you open this guy. Was a little bit bigger than the dinner needed, but everyone at the table loved it (as they should).

Apr 21st, 2014
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

8.7

A lot of oak, but the wine handles it well. Very ripe with a lot of concentration. Quite floral

A lot of oak, but the wine handles it well. Very ripe with a lot of concentration. Quite floral

Mar 1st, 2014
Eric

Just a good old fashioned kick ass bottle of wine. Amazing 👃 of wildflowers and blueberries. Great evolution from pop and pour to the last glass where the tannins were fully resolved. A gift from Santa @S.R.Alexander. Thanks Siddy!

Just a good old fashioned kick ass bottle of wine. Amazing 👃 of wildflowers and blueberries. Great evolution from pop and pour to the last glass where the tannins were fully resolved. A gift from Santa @S.R.Alexander. Thanks Siddy!

Dec 20th, 2020
Rob Sternthal

Bought from auction. Drank this past weekend so notes not as fresh, but this went down pretty easy over 2 days and was very good. Feel like recent vintages of 2012-15 drink fuller right now.

Bought from auction. Drank this past weekend so notes not as fresh, but this went down pretty easy over 2 days and was very good. Feel like recent vintages of 2012-15 drink fuller right now.

Sep 1st, 2020
Bryan Kesting

Celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary with some nice wines.

This drank very well. Starting to develop secondary notes.

Celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary with some nice wines.

This drank very well. Starting to develop secondary notes.

Jul 29th, 2020