Roots Run Deep The Valedictorian Howell Mountain Napa Cabernet 2016 Rated 93W&S

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Rated 93
Like the 2016 Graduate, another label in this winery's “Higher Education” line of cabernets, this blend includes malbec and merlot; in this case, the malbec accounts for 10 percent of the blend, lessening the percentage of cabernet. The variety brings a sweetness to the wine, a candied plum note to counter the Howell Mountain rocky bitterness of tannins. This is powerful, sleek and generous - Howell Mountain unconstrained.

Wine Tasting Notes
The Valedictorian is a fantastic blend of 85% Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Napa Valley Malbec and 5 % Napa Valley Merlot. Deep, brooding flavors of preserved plum and blackberry pie are accented perfectly with hints of cedar and mocha. Layers of minerality, graphite, and wild berries make this a rich and full-bodied wine. A splash of Merlot provides a satin-like finish.

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