Napa Valley, California
Howell Mountain
Beatty Ranch
Cabernet Sauvignon
Plenty of purple left in the core, same for the ruby rims where any bricking is moderate. Sweet cedar and incense filled nose, bundled straw, leather, clean on the whole with the oak all but fully resolved, the red currant, Italian plum to cherry scents show very credible depth and length. Medium-bodied, sort of peppery with notes of bell pepper. The tannin still kicking. The currant, blackberry fruit full through the attack but does start to dry out through the finish. Minty with menthol and cedar embellishments, the pungent inner mouth presence boosts the flavors and creates a deeper sense of movement. Not going to improve but pretty great today.
91 points