Wine Review – 2004 Duckhorn Howell Mountain Red Wine, Napa Valley, California

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Winery: Duckhorn Vineyards

Bottling: 2004 Duckhorn Howell Mountain Red Wine

Region: California

Sub-Region: Napa Valley, Howell Mountain

Estimated Retail Price: $75 on the winery website

Purchase Details: I paid $74.99 at guess where?  Woodland Hills Wine Co.

Tasting Source: Had during the Christmas holiday season 2008/09

Tasting Notes: I just knew we were drinking this too early, but it was the holidays and my dad wanted to throw down some cash to celebrate the holidays and the birth of my sister’s first child.  Drinking charts on the Duckhorn website show cellar lives of up to fifteen years for this wine.  That’s a long time to wait!

Initially the aromas were very closed and veered more towards herb and cedar with only a hint of berry.  About two and half hours later, a lot more fruit started to appear on the nose, so we dove right in.  Really grippy and beefy, burly tannins in the mouth.  Flavors of currants, dark plum and berry were present, but that’s about it.

I know this wine was built for the long haul, so this was probably not the best tasting evaluation.  I can say with confidence though, that this will surely be better with a couple of years of bottle age on it.  It’s something you could definitely throw in the cellar and assign a consumption date equal to that of your first born’s high school graduation. Continue reading