2013 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon
by Peter J Troilo
On Tuesday, October 25th our allocation of 2013 O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon will arrive. I couldn't be more stoked. I started introducing our customers to O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon in 2009 when the 2006 vintage was released. A dear friend (and resident P.I.T.A) brought it around for me to taste and said I could have a small “parcel” of the wine. If my memory serves me correctly, we took 20 six packs that year. I was impressed by winemaker Sean Capiaux’s talent. He had taken his delicate touch with pinot noir and translated it to cabernet. His neo-classic style of producing wine using non-interventional techniques and natural yeast but modern equipment has enabled him to make a gorgeous, clean expression of Howell Mountain fruit. Sean’s cabernet was one of the wines that brought me back to high end California cabernet after my departure from the category due to the "Parkerization" of the wines. Because my interest in O'Shaughnessy had been flamed, I’d later be introduced to Corison followed by Continuum. Now the high end California collection at Nicholas Roberts could be completed. Dominus, Viader, O’Shaughnessy, Corison and Continuum – the only names you need in your high end California cabernet sauvignon collection. All available at Nicholas Roberts.
The fruit Capiaux works with comes from Betty O’Shaughnessy’s 120 acre hillside property on Howell Mountain. It is one of the most coveted sites in Napa Valley. The hillside is planted to 29 acres of cabernet sauvignon. Six acres of all eight of the Bordeaux blending varietals are planted as well - cabernet franc, petit verdot, merlot, malbec, carmenere, St. Macaire, and gros verdot. The vines span two distinct vineyards which are farmed exclusively by O’Shaughnessy’s viticulturist Alan Peirson. The Amphitheater vineyard derives its name from its shape across the hillside. The Rancho del Oso vineyard, nearest the winery, boast a resident black bear who visits from time to time. In 2012 O’Shaughnessy was fortunate to purchase an adjacent 15 acres. It’s been dedicated to cabernet sauvignon.
As O'Shaughnessy's popularity has grown, our allocation has become a bit slim. It’s okay, I’m happy to share as long as the wine in the right hands – and it is. Now, it can be in your hands. I’ve shared Antonio Galloni’s review below. Please note this offer is first come, first serve. There is limited availability.
In good taste,
2013 O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
$100.00 the bottle
Deep, inky and powerful, the 2013 Howell Mountain is a classic wine endowed with tons of regional character and personality to burn. The inclusion of all seven Bordeaux varieties in the blend adds layers of nuance and complexity. Hints of game, smoke, licorice and dark spices add nuance to a somber, brooding Cabernet.
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