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O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

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14.80% /
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Vintage: 2019
  • WA 94
  • DEC 97
  • JD 98
  • JS 94
  • VIN 94
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Crafted by the talented winemaker Sean Capiaux, the O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 from Manzanos Wines is a remarkable testament to the art of winemaking. This exceptional creation is a true embodiment of the Howell Mountain terroir, offering a sensory journey that begins with its captivating appearance and continues through its complex aromas and flavors.

In the glass, the O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon presents a deep, alluring dark ruby red hue. This inviting color foreshadows the wine’s complexity and depth. Approaching the glass, one is greeted by an enchanting bouquet that combines raspberries, currants, and ripe plum. These fruit notes are elegantly interwoven with a delicate hint of smoke, adding layers of complexity to the aroma.

The palate of the O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet is where the true artistry of this wine is revealed. It is an orchestrated symphony of flavors that dance gracefully across the tongue. Vibrant and focused, the wine unfolds with notes of wild cherry jam, plum butter, and luscious raspberry preserves. This harmonious interplay of fruit is supported by integrated acidity and complex, palate-filling tannins that add depth and structure, ensuring a memorable tasting experience.

The critical acclaim for the O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is a testament to its excellence. With a score of 94 points from Wine Advocate, the wine’s nose entices with aromas of blueberries, bay leaves, cassis, and sage, showcasing its diverse aromatic profile. Decanter awarded it an impressive 97 points, emphasizing explosive aromas of ripe black fruit, mountain sage, earth, and oak, which reflect the unique characteristics of its mountain origin. Jeb Dunnuck’s praise, with a score of 98 points, highlights its textbook Howell Mountain characteristics. James Suckling’s recognition, with 94 points, emphasizes the succulent dark and blue fruit flavors that are coated with velvety tannins. Additionally, Vinous appreciated its bright energy and mid-weight style, awarding it 94 points.

The O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is more than just a wine; it is a testament to the elegance of Howell Mountain, capturing the essence of its terroir and the skill of its winemaker, Sean Capiaux. This wine promises a sensory journey that will evolve gracefully with time, making it a highly rewarding experience for those who appreciate the artistry of a fine wine. Its balance, complexity, and depth make it an exemplary choice for both immediate enjoyment and long-term aging, showcasing the best of what O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain can offer.

12 reviews for O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

  1. Steve Johnson

    Just sampled the O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain. The jam, cigar box, and cinnamon notes make it a unique and bold, structured choice. Sean Capiaux never disappoints!

  2. Joan Walker

    Just tried the O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The bold and structured taste with vanilla and blackberry notes is simply divine. A must-try!

  3. Dawn Marquez

    O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet is an experience. The black plum and mocha flavors, along with the magical aromas, make every sip worthwhile.

  4. Carl Pearson

    Just had a glass of the O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain. The red fruit and dark chocolate notes are complemented by a smoky undertone. A real treat!

  5. Shelby Moore

    The Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from O’Shaughnessy is exceptional. The bold and structured body with notes of blackcurrant and graphite is perfect for a cozy evening.

  6. Sandra Ramos

    The Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon by O’Shaughnessy is a winner. The complex aromas and flavors of minerals, coffee, and cream are unlike anything I’ve tasted before.

  7. Julia Henderson

    The magical aromas of the O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon caught me off guard. The taste? Black cherry, cassis, and a touch of licorice. Absolutely heavenly!

  8. Sheila Britton

    The O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain is a standout. It’s earthy, with hints of chocolate and cherry. The winemaker Sean Capiaux really knows his craft!

  9. Raul Smith

    The O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a joy. The butter, fig, and caramel flavors, along with the complex aromas, make it a truly indulgent experience.

  10. Dwain Stgermain

    The O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet is a delight. It has a complex aroma and flavors of dark fruit, oak, and a hint of pepper. Truly a masterpiece by Sean Capiaux.

  11. Benjamin Thomas

    O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet is a revelation. A complex fusion of black fruit, cedar, and a hint of cocoa. It’s bold and structured, just the way I like it.

  12. Michael Pickett

    The O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a marvel. The raspberry and eucalyptus flavors blend perfectly with a hint of mint. Fantastic!

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Critical Acclaim

WA 94
Wine Advocate
Sourced from a single vineyard, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 1.5 % Petit Verdot, 1.5 % Saint-Macaire (an obscure grape from southwestern France), 1% Carménère and 1% Cabernet Franc. The nose is all blueberries and bay leaves at first, later developing hints of cassis and sage, all nestled in soft notes of cedar and vanilla, while the full-bodied palate is nicely concentrated and softly tannic, with enough grip to suggest more than a decade of aging potential.
DEC 97
Winemaker Sean Capiaux has crafted this Howell Mountain staple for more than two decades. In 2019, he's made a knockout! Explosive aromas of ripe, black fruit, wild mountain sage, turned earth and toasty oak. Enveloping on the palate with an intricate mix of black cherry, blackberry and blueberry fruit moving quickly into more savoury notes of crushed stones, cassis, wildflowers. Finishing long and with vibrancy and lift. A powerful core of firm fine-grained tannins are nicely integrated. Great cellar potential.
JD 98
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is an incredible wine, and it flirts with perfection. Full-bodied and concentrated, it has flawless balance and elegance as well as just textbook Howell Mountain notes of blue fruits, cassis, violets, graphite, and background oak. I love its tannins, it has remarkable purity of fruit, and a great, great finish. It has some appeal today yet deserves 4-5 years of bottle age and should have over two decades of longevity.
JS 94
James Suckling
Notes of dark spices, cocoa and bark with ripe blackberries and plums on offer. Full-bodied with ripe, succulent dark and blue fruit coated with velvety tannins. Plush and lingering with a spicy finish and some earthiness to it. Best from 2025.
VIN 94
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain offers lovely brightness and energy, all in a mid-weight style that is both appealing and surprisingly approachable for a young Howell Mountain wine. Sweet dark cherry, plum, mocha, spice, tobacco and lavender are all beautifully lifted in the glass. This is an especially gracious, polished Cabernet from Howell Mountain. The 2019 has so much to offer. Best of all, it should drink well with minimal cellaring.

What does O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, cocoa

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, red fruit, raspberry

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, vanilla, tobacco

stone fruit, apple, cantaloupe

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, blueberry

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, eucalyptus

Citrus notes found in the wine

lime, lemon, orange rind

cream, cheesy, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

bell pepper, tomato, rhubarb

fig, prune, dried blueberry


Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, dried flowers, lavender

Food Pairing with O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

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O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery
O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery, a beacon of winemaking artistry nestled in the scenic Napa Valley, was established in 1996. It has since emerged as a distinguished name in the wine industry, thanks to the vision and passion of its proprietors, Betty and Paul O'Shaughnessy, and their dedicated team. Betty O'Shaughnessy, originally from Minnesota, grew up in a rural farming community, an experience that instilled in her a profound appreciation for the land and its bounties. After a successful career in real estate investment and development, as well as owning and teaching at a cooking school in Minneapolis, Betty's entrepreneurial spirit and love for food and wine led her to Napa Valley. In 1990, she acquired a parcel of land in Oakville, complete with vineyards and a home site. This marked...check our brand O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon, often referred to simply as "Cabernet," is one of the world's most widely recognized and acclaimed red wine grape varieties. Renowned for its robust structure, alluring aromas, and complex flavors, Cabernet Sauvignon has captured the hearts of wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. This article delves into the essence of Cabernet Sauvignon, exploring its origins, the regions where it flourishes, and the unique sensory experiences it offers. What is Cabernet Sauvignon? Originating from a chance crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century France, Cabernet Sauvignon has since become synonymous with quality and prestige in the wine world. The grape is known for its thick skin and hardy vine, making it resilient against...Please check Cabernet Sauvignon for more information

Winemaker of O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Sean Capiaux

Sean Capiaux

In the world of winemaking, few names resonate with the distinction and reverence as does Sean Capiaux. With a career that spans over three decades, Capiaux has become a luminary in the industry, known for his exceptional skills and innovative approaches to winemaking. His journey, marked by dedication, expertise, and a passion for excellence, has made him an inspirational figure for aspiring winemakers globally. Sean Capiaux’s foray into winemaking began at California State University, Fresno, where he graduated with a degree in Enology, complemented by a minor in Chemistry. This strong academic foundation laid the groundwork for his remarkable career. His initial steps in the industry were taken at Jordan Winery in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, a region famed for its... More Products
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Howell Mountain
Howell Mountain, a gem nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, California, epitomizes the harmonious blend of nature's splendor and the refined art of winemaking. Perched on the Vaca mountain range in Napa's northern region, it boasts a rich tapestry of history marked by innovation and resilience. Since gaining official recognition as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in January 1984, the first within Napa Valley, Howell Mountain has emerged as a vanguard of high-quality wine production. Its journey to prominence began much earlier, with pioneers identifying and nurturing its unique viticultural qualities. Stretching approximately 10 miles from northwest to southeast, the region's vineyards are set at elevations ranging from 1,400 to 2,200 feet... ...Check Region for more information

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