Aloft Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

$165

93 Points WS                         Thomas Brown (Schrader, Outpost, etc) is one of the best winemakers today and Aloft is his newest project. This Howell Mountain vineyard reveals a different soil type as you walk row by row. Above the fog line, this property is carefully tended by vineyard manager Jim Barbour. In the glass, you'll taste silky, penetrating dark red and purple fruit that will show its potential for years to come. This new Cabernet comes from Napa Valley winemaking icon Peter Mondavi Sr. Only 450 cases made - hurry. 93 Points Wine Spectator: "Big and rich, yet graceful and elegant, this features a subtle mix of cedar, tobacco, dark berry, mocha and espresso notes. Fine-grained tannins mark the long finish. Drink now through 2022. 450 cases made. Wine Enthusiast: "Peter Mondavi Sr. and his two sons, Peter Jr. and Marc have crafted a big, tannic and ageworthy wine. It’s packed with massive blackberry fruit, with the hard tannins and minerality common of Howell Mountain. Don’t even think of opening this before 2016; it should develop well beyond that"

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Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Much richer on the nose than the 08. Fruits are riper as well. Strong black raspberry cola, mint & eucalyptus, sage, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, anise and decayed dark florals. On the palate; lots of lifting heated spices immediately at it sets. Blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, black raspberry cola, mint & eucalyptus, sage, anise, underbrush, soft leather, wood shavings, soy, fair amount of baking spices, good round acidity and a thick, round, elegant long finish.

Much richer on the nose than the 08. Fruits are riper as well. Strong black raspberry cola, mint & eucalyptus, sage, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, anise and decayed dark florals. On the palate; lots of lifting heated spices immediately at it sets. Blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, black raspberry cola, mint & eucalyptus, sage, anise, underbrush, soft leather, wood shavings, soy, fair amount of baking spices, good round acidity and a thick, round, elegant long finish.

9.4

Gina Puente

Prob the best nose in recent history. Taste profile too!

Prob the best nose in recent history. Taste profile too!

9.5

Eric Shanks

Michael Mondavi. Kicked ass with its balance.

Michael Mondavi. Kicked ass with its balance.

9.5

leon egozi

Just got some -13’s

Just got some -13’s

9.2

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