Ink Grade Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
|California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
The team at Ink Grade favors east and north-facing blocks for their own label, including the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in a variety of different-sized oak vessels, the nose features scents of vanilla, cedar and cassis, with a gentle minty overtone. Full-bodied and firm but not lacking flesh or richness, this wine is dense and concentrated but lively and taut, with a long, dusty finish framed by fine-grained tannins.
Lots of harnessed power in this version. A deep well of cassis, plum and boysenberry fruit flavors are in reserve, but for now encased by tannins and racy red tea and savory details. Sleek, with a deeply buried iron note. Everything should meld and stretch out nicely with some cellaring. Best from 2023 through 2035. 750 cases made.