90 Points| The Wine Advocate
The texture is plush, elegant; with integrated tannins offering both substance and restraint. As always, a sturdy and sumptuous Howell Mountain Cabernet will develop and intensify artfully over time.
2013 Tasting Notes
The first swirl offers dense, ripe fruit with layers of fresh herbs, cigar box and anise, just as we have grown to expect from mountain fruit. On the palate you will find a rhythm of subtle toast, succeeded by roasted dark coffee beans laced with hints of cocoa and vanilla. The texture is plush, elegant; with integrated tannins offering both substance and restraint. As always, a sturdy and sumptuous Howell Mountain Cabernet will develop and intensify artfully over time.
This bold and powerful wine can stand up to most meat dishes, especially heavily seasoned or grilled meats.
The 2013 growing season began early, one of the earliest in the past decade. In the wake of two cold years, 2010 and 2011, 2013 was a welcomed relief. With an early start due to a dry winter, followed by a warm and dry spring, the weather stayed surprisingly beautiful with no major rain or frost to diminish crop. Through the summer we experienced consistently warm temperatures, only one rainstorm, and not many days with heat spikes above 100 degrees. Harvest began a few weeks earlier than normal, giving winemakers a prime opportunity to pick at optimal ripeness, and not under pressure from Mother Nature. In 2013 we achieved intense flavors and excellent color extraction, with fine tannins and firm acidity. Quality and quantity all came together in this memorable vintage.