95 points - Wine Enthusiast
94 points - Robert Parker
The 2013 Merlot Howell Mountain is a blend of 91% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, aged in 80% new French oak. The wine is dense and exhibits loads of mocha, lead-pencil shavings, black cherry, and Asian plum spices as well as some sauce-like characteristics in a full-bodied, opulent, very fleshy and dense style. This is stick-to-your-ribs, mouth-coating Merlot to drink over the next 12-15 years.
This Howell Mountain powerhouse is a wine you will want multiples of to cellar and to enjoy now. It is crafted by the Chris Carpenter, Winemaker of Cardinale and the 100-point-rated Lokoya, which retails for over $400. This is your chance to get Howell Mountain fruit from one of the most spectacular years in Napa Valley's history for an unbeatable price.