2016 SPENCE HOWELL MOUNTAIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Spence’s proprietors lived on Howell Mountain for years before restoring a neglected vineyard on their property, patiently learning the dynamic characteristics of their particular location. The vineyard is positioned near a canyon that benefits from consistent breezes, thickening the grape skins and contributing deep color and flavor intensity as the roots dig deep into the red volcanic soil.
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerfully expressive, beautifully balanced wine that represents Howell Mountain’s exceptional growing environment with grace and elegance. The noteworthy 2016 vintage is already a splendor in the glass and leaves a lasting impression as the nuances and flavors unfold in a long, supple finish.
Tasting Notes, “The 2016 Spence Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a pronounced intensity of aromas such as violets, cassis, black tea, black cherry, cedar, and volcanic rock. On the palate, the wine exudes flavors of plum, blueberry compote, cocoa, and nutmeg in a perfect balance between fruit ripeness and refreshing acidity. The deep complexity of flavors contributes to a long, layered finish that is a sensory delight from start to finish. Don’t hesitate to open this bottle tonight, but patience will be rewarded for those who choose to cellar this precious wine.” CALIHIWINES 97+ POINTS
*VIP Heads-Up: Extended Notes in Fun Cali Terms: This is the definition of Totally Killer Juice from the EPIC 2016 Vintage! When we cracked open the cork, it was completely saturated in this dark purple gooey stuff, and I was like Dude!! This is going to be really good!! Almost black in color in the glass, swirling highlights deep blue colors, and the wine itself… you gotta try it. *note: limited, could go fast. I’m a Friday Night Steak Guy, and this is a perfect pairing for Ribeye! My wife says skip the Steak, I’ll take a bottle as my meal tonight 🙂 Cheers! Salud!