2002 Goosecross Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Howell Mountain
Drink between 2007 - 2013
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • dxpian Likes this wine: (90 points)

    March 20, 2012 - Inky garnet color with purple hue. Subtle aromas of blackberry, blue berry, currant, sour cherry showing some red fruit characteristics, wrapped in an earthy tone and a layer of black pepper, anise and cedar, revealing an herbal bouquet with eucalyptus, dusty graphite & mineral. Full-bodied and very well-balanced, loaded with plum, blackberry, black currant and black cherry on the attack. Still powerful tannin with bright acidity forming a velvety and elevated mid-palate, transforming into a long and complex finish with black berry, cherry, ripe raspberry, licorice, tobacco, coffee and chalk. Tannin overpowers the palate at first but softens into a great harmony with only half an hour of breathing time. Drink well now, but with its strong tannin and fresh acidity, this wine will evolve in the bottle for another few years to come. This is not the best Howell Mountain I've tasted, but it is a wonderful showcase of its terroir along with a true statement of what Howell Mountain has to offer. 90 points PLUS!

  • PVTerroir wrote: (90 points)

    December 31, 2010 - In doubt as to this being anywhere near "over the hill," I opened 1 of 2 bottles stored cool, albeit passively, in an underground closet. It's now been open overnight. Lots of secondary notes here. Spice-box, tobacco, vanilla, plum, framboise. I think this still has something to offer. Don't decant, just serve. It was fruitier out of the bottle. Pencil lead, black currant, not at all tannic for me-nice and dispersed. Very interesting woodsy / herbacious notes here, a bit of cola too. Nice acid.

  • RandomCoil wrote: (88 points)

    December 28, 2010 - This one was unfortunately over-the-hill. My last bottle of this was amazing when I drank it about three years ago. At this point though, the fruit was gone. However, the tannins remained remarkably stiff. It needed decanting and a couple of hours to mellow and open a little. If you have any of this in your cellar, DRINK IT NOW!

  • Dasher wrote: (91 points)

    April 30, 2010 - This wine needed to be decanted. It was oaky, however even after a few minutes it opened up nicely. It was the last 2002 Howell Mountain I had. Very good bottle of wine to enjoy.

  • Dasher wrote: (92 points)

    February 22, 2010 - Very smooth! It could have used a couple hours of decanting.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2002
  • Type Red
  • Producer Goosecross Cellars
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Howell Mountain

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 56 (54%)
  • Consumed 48 (46%)

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