The 2015 vintage was a memorable one, with extreme drought conditions, early bud break, low yields and hot growing conditions throughout the season. Our harvest initiated and concluded very early, almost two weeks ahead of average. This formula resulted in a beautiful wine with abundant aromas of whole cloves, wild blackberries & boysenberries and baked blueberry pie. Texturally, the wine coats your palate like soft, smooth satin but maintains an elegant structure. The 2015 vintage has an elegance and roundness to it which makes it ideal for drinking now or cellaring for 5-7 years.
91 points Wine Advocate
Winemaker Notes: Glorious levels of aromas spring from the glass with loads of blueberry, blackberry, cherry, plus warm roasted coffee, melted milk chocolate, vanilla and graham cracker. The palate is mouth coating, plush and voluptuously textured, like a raspberry reduction sauce, with deep density and persistance. Elegant tannin and structure, a unique characteristic of the 2014 vintage. Rich, pure and intense, finishing with flavors of coffee, cassis, and chocolate covered berries. 95 points Wine Advocate 94 points Wine Spectator
This wine is filled with a gorgeous perfume of honeyed pears, guava, lemon grass, pink grapefruit and a waft of lemon lime soda. The palate is full of tropical flavors and delicate kiwi plus a great intensity of lemon and lime citrus flavors. The sémillon and viognier added to the blend invoke another level of complexity with flavors orange blossom and lemon curd. The barrel fermentations add a satiny texture, density and viscosity to the mid-palate of the wine. The concrete adds a touch of flint and mineral to the finish of the wine while the stainless steel fermentations preserve the natural Sauvignon Blanc aromatics, the racy backbone and the zesty crispness.
Winemaker Notes:Our Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon dazzles with its opulent, brambly blue and blackberry layers, balanced by dark chocolate and an incredibly welcoming personality. This gorgeous wine is unusually open, resonant and richly layered. Hints of smoke, tar, licorice and minerality add complexity to the intense dark fruit. "This is a wine I want to drink, not merely taste", says winemaker Danielle Cyrot. All the elements come together in an effortless, inviting wine loaded with layers of intrigue.93 points Wine Advocate92 points Wine Spectator92 points VINOUS