Napa's Most Prestigious Vineyard Site: Howell Mountain
If there is one thing that stands out about O'Shaughnessy Estate, it is their incredible vineyard sites. O'Shaughnessy has taken root in the most sought-after Napa mountain terroir: Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder.
Howell Mountain is one of Napa Valley's most prestigious hillside regions in the, of course, prestigious, Napa Valley. Robert Parker says of O'Shaughnessy winemaker, "One of the superstar estates on Howell Mountain, winemaker Sean Capiaux is the force behind these impressive reds." Not bad when you consider some other Estates that have chosen Howell Mountain as their vineyard sites. Estates like: Abreu, Dana Estates, Hundred Acre, Lokoya, Dunn to name a few!
Many of Howell Mountain's vineyards are planted on volcanic soils, while iron-rich clay is also common. These soils force the vines to produce small, intense grapes, rather than leafy foliage. This intensity translates into the finished wines, offering tannic structure and aging potential.
A wine that drinks far higher than its price range, O'Shaughnessy's Cabernet Sauvignons are shockingly affordable! For under $150, you can indulge in one of Napa's most Prestigious vineyard sites.
"The stunning 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot) is the finest Cabernet this estate has yet produced from their Howell Mountain holdings. A dense purple color to the rim as well as an exquisite bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, camphor, creme de cassis, smoke, and crushed rocks are followed by sweet fruit, gorgeous density, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a layered, multidimensional mid-palate and length. With no hard edges, this flawless wine should drink well for 20-25 years." Robert M. Parker, Jr. Dec 2009
2007 Howell Mountain | Robert Parker 95
"A stunning effort is the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder. It exhibits blue and black fruits along with notions of licorice, graphite, and incense, a formidable array of concentrated fruit flavors, full-bodied power, a silkiness that is atypical for this vintage, and a long, 40+ second finish. This superb Cabernet Sauvignon can be drunk now or cellared for 15+ years" Robert M. Parker, Jr. Dec 2009
2006 Mount Veeder | Robert Parker 95