2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
Cornerstone Cellars has been making Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain since our inaugural vintage in 1991. If you give this classic Howell Mountain Cabernet a swirl you will start to release the chocolate, spice, nutmeg, cedar and all of the expressive blue and black fruit aromas. Another swirl will liberate the complex layers of black licorice and cassis. The first sip is round, soft and amazingly approachable at this young age, it’s hard to believe this is 100% mountain fruit. The luscious texture explodes with bright ripe summer fruit, dark chocolate with just a hint of sweet vanilla. This youthful wine would likely benefit from a splash in the decanter, just to give it a chance to express the nuances of both concentration and elegance. As with many wines boasting a mountain heritage, this would benefit from a little time in the cellar, if you can wait.
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