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Cresta Velia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Howell Mountain (RP 95)


Item Number 1069
Price $84.95
In Stock: 9

Product Description

We recently had the good fortune to taste this superb Napa Cabernet at a wholesale tasting event in Los Angeles and flipped upon experiencing the wine’s balanced richness and streamlined power. Knowing really very little about the estate, we asterisked this one in conjunction with a check mark on our score card and vowed to do a little research. Upon doing our homework, we discovered that Robert M. Parker himself had tasted the wine and awarded it 95 points noting, “The 2013 [Cresta Velia] Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a limited production cuvée that exhibits an opaque purple color and notes of cassis and blackberry liqueur, some licorice and underlying earthy notes. It is full-bodied, rich, dense and super-impressive for a relatively new producer. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Eagle Summit Vineyard on Howell Mountain and was aged 20 months in 80% new French oak.” What we liked about the wine is its faithfulness to its Howell Mountain terroir of origin. Yes, it’s big, bold and loaded with dark fruit richness! But there is also an underlying element of mountain, volcanic soil which is easily discernible to those who are familiar with wines from Howell Mountain. For us, the wine combines the best of both worlds --- the sheer visceral opulence for which Napa is known along with a true sense of place which appeals to the intellect. STAFF FAVE and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED