Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 - 750ml

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94pts Wilfred Wong


The 2017 Duckhorn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon offers outstanding length and richness on the palate. This wine shines with aromas and flavors of black fruit, licorice, chalk, and oak. Enjoy it with a grilled, well-marbled ribeye. (Tasted: December 18, 2021, San Francisco, CA)


92pts Wine & Spirits
The pungency of fruit grown in volcanic soil infuses this wine’s mountain cool. Still adolescent, its tannins are tied to notes of eucalyptus and red-apple skin, clean but firm and unyielding. The fruit is present, the structure powerful but under control. This should grow more expressive with a few years of bottle age, and will reward long cellaring.

 

Winemaker Notes
The nose offers an explosion of dark mountain fruit with decadent aromas of raspberry-filled chocolates, black currant, mulberry and huckleberry jam, as well as more savory notes of cedar and spice. On the palate, firm mountain tannins underscore this wine’s opulence and ageability, framing the blackberry, fig and black currant flavors, with bright underlying acidity providing poise and finesse to the long, layered finish.

Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot