O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $76.49-$89.99, 95 points, poured inky black until midnight met the daylight of the crystal-clear wine ring and its blood-red margin.
Once again O'Shaughnessy provides a feast for the nose with a bounty of flowers, fruits, nuanced milling spices, and cedar wafting both itself and the smeller heavenward.
Full-bodied with good acidity and ultra-smooth firm grainy tannins managed the juiciest ripe blackberries I could imagine, anise, mint, and toasty black currants.
Finished long on the trailing palate, tangy pomegranate, plum, tobacco notes, warm spices, and a well-balanced 14.8% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my traditional strip-steak dinner.
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