2018 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cuvee RedBlend from United States
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"2018 was a tremendous vintage in the Napa Valley and this new red wine cuveé shows all of the deep color, structure and complexity that one might expect from Howell Mountain. ...
- 93 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
93 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The 2018 Cuvée Howell Mountain is gorgeous. Best of all, it will drink well early, while the Cabernets soften in the cellar. Dark red/purplish fruit, rose petal, lavender, spice and leather all flesh out in the glass. The Cuvée marries the racy personality of the year with the character of Howell Mountain, a winning combination in my book. The Cuvée is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 4% Malbec, mostly from Robert Craig's Candlestick Vineyard, with a bit of fruit from the Summit Lake property.
"2018 was a tremendous vintage in the Napa Valley and this new red wine cuveé shows all of the deep color, structure and complexity that one might expect from Howell Mountain. The generous portion of Merlot in the wine allows for a velvet, supple mouthfeel to go with the exotic nose, but make no mistake, this is a Bordeaux Blend from Howell Mountain with the ability to improve for decades in the cellar if called upon to do so.
It is my pleasure to offer a limited production of the greatest $50 wine to ever be released in the Napa Valley: the 2018 Howell Mountain Cuvée (HMC). HMC is a predominately Cabernet blend that includes Merlot and Malbec from young vines on the Candlestick Vineyard at the top of Howell Mountain. This wine spent a little less time in new barrels than our $110/bottle Howell Mountain Cabernet, and is being released earlier, but it has markedly similar quality and pedigree." - Winery
93 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, pepper, earth, green and mocha|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather and spice|