I get extremely excited every Friday morning as I top the stairs to the third floor of the castle and watch to see the look on their faces, as if to say, “What are we tasting today?”. I just love that enthusiasm. There is nothing better than to be greeted with a big smile, especially from our most highly regarded palates (our 12 person tasting panel). Well, this Friday the smiles stayed on their faces throughout the tasting as the panel tasted our 2010 Howell Mountain Cabernet.
Swirling and swirling as aromas of black cherry seemed to jump out of the glass. Rich in color, deep purple, almost black. With our first sip, flavors of rich chocolate that seem to stay long into the finish turning to a light cocoa with a hint of anise. Extremely well structured with a perfect balance of tannin to fruit, we were amazed at how the firm yet soft tannins turn to a nice silky long finish. This incredible Cabernet was already starting to develop that velvety finish that will come on more and more as this beauty ages in the bottle. Everyone was grinning from ear to ear, knowing well that we finally found our Howell Mountain Cabernet vineyard, and yes, it is a good one. Once bottled, I expect this one will get better and better as the years pass.