Mission Codename Howellin' at the moon
Collectors, or anyone who wants real-deal Mountain Cab without spending triple digits - GET IN HERE.
Real deal, big scoring Howell juice from renowned vineyards… at this price (almost half off)?! We simply couldn’t be more amazed if we saw a wild Hornswoggler sneaking around in the backyard.
This glorious bottle sits pretty with all the $80-100+ Cabs from the same hood, and vineyards. You might recognize a few of those high-scoring, rip-roaring examples - Robert Craig’s “The Stick” Cabernet ($150) or Duckhorn’s Howell Mountain Cabernet ($100) comes to mind.
Martin Ray’s legacy goes way back to pioneering one of California’s most famous properties, known as Mount Eden. Today they continue that effort to locate the best sites for their wines. And with 100-point winemaker Keith Emerson at the helm (Melka, Vineyard 29, Robert Craig) the quality is straight-up soaring off the meter. Case in point - this beauty, sourced from the Robert Craig Estate, and Candlestick Ridge Vineyards, both at 2,250-2,300 feet in elevation.
You’re getting a similar pedigree, with all that mountain-powered, high-intensity fruit, for a fraction of the cost. Inky, dark, powerful, and jammed with black, red, and blue fruit of all sorts. Licorice, too, and spicy exotic woods with grippy tannins that beg for some fatty piece of meat to reign them in. Still quite young, so don’t approach all willy-nilly without a proper decant - or better yet, let it rest for a few more years. It will only get better.
We’re still shocked to have any of this, but at this price???
What else can we say, other than it’ll go in a flash, so don’t waste time!
Have a great Labor Day everyone!
93 Points – Wine Spectator
“This is chock ’o block with flavors of dark currant paste and blackberry preserves mixed with tar, licorice snap and alder notes. There’s a nice smoldering feel through the finish as the fruit and earth notes meld. Best from 2023 through 2035.”
Dark, powerful, jammed with black, red, and blue fruits
Inky, dark, jet black core, there really is not much of a color to speak of until the bright red rim
Powerful, and jammed with black, red, and blue fruit of all sorts, cassis, cherries, blueberries and all
All that mountain-powered, high-intensity fruit, licorice, too, and spicy exotic woods with grippy tannins
Super long and complex, don’t approach all willy-nilly without a proper decant or let it rest a few more years
Begs for some fatty piece of meat, like a juicy medium-rare ribeye, to reign all the unleashed power in
What the Winery Says
2018 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
- Keith Emerson
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
- Robert Craig Estate & Candlestick Ridge Vineyard
- Brix at Harvest
- Total acidity
- 5.6 g/L
- 18 months
- 55% new French oak