2003 Ilona Howell Mountain

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain
Drink between 2009 - 2013 (Edit)
CT89 61 reviews
Label borrowed from 2004
Label borrowed from 2005
Label borrowed from 1999

Community Tasting Notes 38

  • gcarl wrote: 91 points

    December 10, 2015 - Still closed on P&P, decanted thru Vinturi into decanter, and after 90 minutes it started to sing to all 6 tasters present. The earlier hidden fruit was lovely on the nose and palate, finish was very soft and fairly long. A good buy at $17 back in 2012.

  • TXtasteABL wrote: 91 points

    January 12, 2014 - Rich, balanced, and enjoyable. Upon initial opening the fruit was somewhat muted, but after aeration and sitting in the decanter for 1-2 hours a nice array of fruits became more prominent. The tannin and acidity balance were quite level and what one would expect from a Howell Mountain blend. We consumed alongside Guilliams 2006 Spring Mountain Cab & both paired excellently with the Belgian beef and red wine stew dinner we ate. The Ilona was more rounded and a tad softer than the Guilliams, but the Ilona has more Merlot in it. I would purchase this wine again since it drank well after over 10 years.

  • Jzez1998 wrote: 92 points

    November 12, 2012 - Really hitting its stride with 30 minute decant. Glad I have 2 more!!

  • floating_cellar wrote: 88 points

    November 10, 2012 - Same tasting notes as before. Although, left 1/2 bottle for 3 days and still drank well with better secondary flavors than I thought so i rated this a point higher.

  • gcarl wrote: 90 points

    October 13, 2012 - At P&P, kind of closed, but over a couple of hrs opened up with much more fruit, chocolate on the nose. Smooth on the palate,enjoyable but no more than a 90 IMHO.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ilona
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Howell Mountain
  • UPC Code 081218005551

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 106 (25%)
  • Consumed 320 (75%)

Food Pairing

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