TN: 2019 Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

2019 Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain - USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain (1/24/2023)
Sometimes people think that very ripe fruit obscures sense of place. This Cabernet is clearly very ripe fruit, but there is still that high toned expression of mountain fruit. Fresh red berry fruit and spicy (hi oak!) tones dominate the aromatics, and on the palate the acids and tannins kick in to balance rich, ripe fruit. For the fruit-phobic it’s probably too much, but overall it’s only a few degrees past classic, and a lovely way to finish a Tuesday night.

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New to Wineberserkers! Where on Howell Mountain? A “member” of Red Cap which is high elevation 100% Cab and absolutely fantastic. North of Cade about a mile up Howell Mtn. Tom Altemus owns and farms the property. Sells half his Cab to Celia Welch, who bottles a Red Cap Cabernet. WInes not as fruit-forward as you are describing with Elyse. Surprisingly light on their feet for 100% Cab.

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Las Posadas

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Any benefit to aging these?

Don’t know yet, but I will at least give the next one a few years. I have three.

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