Delicious. First impression is coffee, then dark fruit. Very smooth with a rather sweet long finish. Interesting Cabernet. Although ready to drink and enjoy now, it definitely has the stuff to go for several more years. Love this wine.
This opens with a very expressive nose of dark fruit and baking spices. On the palate it is a big wine with very finely-textured tannins and a luxurious mouthfeel. It delivers exactly what I would be looking to find in a Howell Mountain Cabernet.
Excellent wine. I love the Howell Mountain fruit. Tasted this originally at Sojourn's Sonoma tasting room this past November and I am glad we purchased (might need to call and order some more!) This is a rich, complex, smooth wine with a medium to long finish. Delicious!
I really liked the rich profile on this wine. It was medium weight and rich. Not quite tot he luscious category but I would definitely seek this producer out in the future. It wasn't really on my radar screen.
Pinot Days 2011 (Navy Pier - Chicago, IL): So the two best wines of the tasting were Cabs - kinda cheating I know - but whatever, they were absolutely gorgeous regardless of the setting. They could easily go for twice their price maybe thrice if given some crazy Parker scores. Super heady and hedonistic styling. Totally creamy and rich. Lots of blue high altitude fruit. Really structured but balanced without a touch of abrasiveness. Great finish. Long and lingering. I'd say you should grab this and age it a minimum five years. But this is worth every penny.
Deeper and denser in color than the Spring Mountain. More rustic. Plenty of cassis with a darker fruit profile with an herbal edge. Firmer tannins than the Spring Mt. suggestive of its Howell Mt. origin, but everything remains in good balance. Grapes sourced from near Outpost. I prefer the Spring Mt., but this is more of a stylistic preference.
Of the 2008 Cabs we tried with Craig, this was our number 3. It has a lot more structure that the Spring Mountain, also more tannins. Also has more black fruit, and more pepper. Started out more tart, but it too had a sweeter finish. In general, it seemed to also have more fruit than the Spring Mtn. Right now, of the three Cabs, this one is already more approachable, but can definitely use some more bottle aging time. To me this one would go the best with steak or grilled meat.
Sojourn Cellars Private Tasting (Davis's House): Nose: Dark and ripe berry aromas. Palate: Very balanced dark fruit and cassis. Very nice and score upgraded to 93 points. Even though the Proprietary Cuvee edged this out this wine takes top Cab honors for the night if QPR is factored in. 93+ points.