There’s a belief I have that if you mess up any fruit from Howell Mountain there’s something wrong with you. Duckhorn has consistently produced an extraordinary Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2017 is no exception. Comprised of all Cabernet with 10% Merlot, this is a softer version than in years past, these tannins are a little more mild, the acidity a little brighter, and the fruit opulent and rich. Black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, and boysenberry, lead off and the fruit is a tad more expressive than in years past. It was aged 24 months, 18 of which were new French oak. This is a beautifully balanced wine that shows how excellent mountain fruit can be, and in the right hands of someone like Duckhorn, you have a wine that stands out among the pack. 2,000 cases. ORIGIN: Napa Valley, ALCOHOL: 14.5%

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