98pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) has a deep purple-black color, revealing youthfully reticent notions of black soil, cigar box, stewed tea and truffles with a core of crème de cassis, Black Forest cake, plum preserves and star anise plus wafts of underbrush and pencil lead. The bold, concentrated, full-bodied palate is a hedonist's dream, featuring bags of black fruit preserves and earthy accents and framed by very firm, super ripe tannins, finishing with epic length and depth. Rating: 98+
Totally seamless and opulent, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve shows the flamboyant side of Howell Mountain to great effect. Dark cherry, plum, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, grilled herbs and leather all run through this sumptuous, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Touches of Petit Verdot and Malbec round out the blend.
93pts Wine Spectator
Vivid açaí, plum and blueberry reduction notes are inlaid with a solid graphite edge, giving the fruit a foil as it moves along. Bright anise and roasted apple wood elements frame the finish, which ends with the fruit showing power and energy. Best from 2021 through 2030.
The wine starts out with aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, chocolate covered raspberry, currant, holiday baking spices, and coco nibs. In the palate are flavors of black fruits, chocolate truffles, cinnamon, caramel, cherry cola, and baked blueberries. The velvety tannins and mouth coating texture of this wine make it an exceptional example of what Howell Mountain can offer. This wine will keep delivering for years to come.