Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: “The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is all varietal and was brought up in 70% new French oak. It’s a deeper, richer wine and offers a beautiful nose of blackcurrants, scorched earth, graphite, and tobacco. Full-bodied, rich, and textured on the palate, it brings a great mid-palate, focused, classic mountain tannins, and a seamless texture. It’s a beautiful mountain Cabernet made with a Pinot Noir-like sense of elegance and prettiness, which may seem slightly strange, yet it works beautifully in this case.”
Lisa Perrotti Brown TWI 95 Points : “Aged in 66% new oak, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Festina Lente is deep garnet-purple in color. Comes barreling out with notes of warm cassis, boysenberry preserves, and chocolate box, plus suggestions of crushed rocks, wild sage and cedar chest. The full-bodied palate is completely coated with blackberries and earthy sparks, framed by firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and layered.” (Lisa Perrotti-Brown was the longtime editor for Robert Parker)
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