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The 2016 Merlot has a purple-black color with an almost opaque core. Aromas of intense wild blackberry, vanilla crème, lavender and rum raisin explode from the glass.  On the palate the wine is rich with broad tannins and flavors of crème de cassis, cherry preserves, boysenberries, brown sugar and a hint of lavender. Our Merlots have always had the trademark Howell Mountain tannins that make Cabernet lovers swoon, coupled with our signature long and silky-smooth O’Shaughnessy finish.


"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 3% St. Macaire, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals notions of scorched earth, tar, tilled black soil and fungi over a core of blackcurrant cordial, aniseed, dark chocolate and espresso plus a waft of tobacco. Full-bodied, concentrated and very earthy in the mouth, the rich, black fruits are superbly framed by firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and mineral laced."

(94+ Points)  Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

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"Deep garnet-purple colored, it has provocative notes of baked blackberries, stewed plums and crème de cassis with earthy/savory hints of fertile loam, chargrill, wood smoke and new leather plus a touch of sautéed herbs. Full-bodied with fantastic concentration and bags of savory layers, it has a rock-solid line of grainy tannins and a compelling herbal lift on the finish."

96+ Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

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SKU: CAB-HM-2016-750