During the Christmas holidays, we usually go deep in the cellar for wine. Tonight pulled out 2012 O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon at 79%, and Malbec and Merlot added for roundness. On the eyes an extremely dark purple and med-heavy viscosity. On the nose an almost overwhelming experience of aromas of violets and blackberries. On the palate everything imaginable from a mountain fruit from Napa Valley. Ranging from dark chocolate, granite to boysenberry. Soft vanilla pipe tobacco lingers in the background. Largely structured similar to the Rock of Gibraltar with immense tannins and is balanced as a tightrope walker with a silky smooth finish. For the last 15+ years always a perennial favorite wine.
This was a perfect wine with dinner. Decanter rated it 96 points, but I even believe it is higher! Current release is 2019 and listed at $110/bottle.