2014 Mirror Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon


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Aromatic and elegant blend of ripe blackberry, plum and dry grass with accents of dark chocolate and baking spices. The palate commences with milk chocolate and vanilla followed by a lush complexity of ripe blueberry with nuances of nutmeg, cloves and toasted oak. Soft, integrated tannins carry through to a silky, elegant and clean finish.

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Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon is “King.”  The valley itself in Northern California is not very big, but it is home to some of the most expensive and prestigious vineyards in California. Napa is separated from Sonoma and Central Coast by two sets mountain ranges: the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca Mountains to the east. Being in a valley, this region can heat up pretty quickly. However, there are cooling influences like fog and ocean breezes from the San Pablo Bay that help to moderate the temperature within the valley. With more heat comes more concentrated, fuller-bodied wines, making this the perfect place for Cabernet Sauvignon. Other primary red grapes of focus are Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. The principal white varieties to look for here are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. You may also find Pinot Noir in the more southerly area of Los Carneros AVA where it can get cool enough to produce high-quality Pinot Noir. Featured AVA’s include Howell Mountain, Calistoga, St. Helena, Mount Veeder, Los Carneros, Stags Leap District, Oakville, and Rutherford. 

Mirror was founded by former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Rick Mirer. The Mirror Napa Valley story begins with their two original cabernet vineyards in St Helena. These two sources of Cabernet literally “mirror” each other across the Napa Valley. The western half is just above Highway 29 and the eastern half is perched above the Silverado Trail. Today they are producing top of the line Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker, Rob Lawson seeks to “capture the true flavors and regional character of the varietal by pairing New World technology with traditional techniques” to create wines that are both fruit forward and robust in flavor and texture.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Cimarossa Vineyard, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley.

The grapes were destemmed, hand sorted and whole berry processed to manage tannin extraction. Sixteen days of fermentation with multiple gentle punch downs extracted color and flavor compounds from then skins. During the first two months of aging the wine is sur lies and stirred every other week for at least the first two months or until the tannins begin to integrate into the wine. Barrel aging extends for at least 22 months in 100% French Oak, three quarters new oak and one quarter neutral oak so as not to overpower the fruit from the mountain grapes.

2014 Mirror Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Color: Purple
Color Depth: Deep
Clarity: Clear
Viscosity: Defined

Intensity: Aromatic
Fruit: Blackberry, Stewed Black Cherry
Flower: Violet
Herbs: Hint of Mint, Green Bell Pepper
Spice: Clove
Earth: Cigar Box
Oak: Leather, Hint of Chocolate

Sweetness: Dry
Body: Full
Acidity: Medium
Tannin: Medium
Alcohol: 13.5%-15%
Finish: Long

Country: United States
Region: Napa Valley, CA
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2014
Price: $110
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Weight 2 lbs
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