89-91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
(100% cabernet sauvignon, 100% new oak): Good bright medium ruby. Aromas of blueberry, espresso, licorice and violet are livelier than those of the regular Howell Mountain wine. Sweeter and suppler in the mouth, too, with good dark berry intensity. Here there's more mid-palate material to support the firm tannins, which reach the front teeth. Finishes with juicy, rising persistence.
92-95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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