Halpin Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2017 | Best Napa Cabernet Wines to Drink Right Now
Halpin Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2017 pours opaque ruby. While ripe blackberry aromas mingle with sagebrush and sweet cedar spices. Yet juicy and seductively silken on entry. And with a pronounced core of concentrated blackberry and black cherry preserves. Continuing with muddled mountain blueberry underscored by roasted coffee bean and sun-scorched wild herbs. And finishing with powerful mountain tannin, lingering cherry liqueur, cassis, and graham cracker-spiced cedar.
Halpin | Exclusive Sourcing
With 92% Cabernet rounded out by Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, just eight barrels (200 cases) of this wonderful Halpin Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2017 were produced. We can tell you about our strong familiarity with the source winery. While producing just a small amount of majestic mountain Cabernet which, supposing you can find any outside the winery, runs upwards of $250 a bottle. But the mailing list devours it all, so any market-bought bottles are frankly suspect. Halpin’s rendition begins at $42 and runs down to $36 on cases.
Winemaker Ry Richards
Working in a wine shop stocking shelves is what sparked Ry’s interest in wine. So wanting to know more about what was in the boxes in the back room tasting at any available opportunity. Then he went off to college (UCLA if you really want to know) and thought about going to med school, but wine beckoned.
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Through good timing and a bit of luck, Ry got an internship at William Harrison Winery. Only there working with their winemaker and a consultant named Phillip Titus. Phillip became his mentor teaching while checking in to make sure Ry was doing the right things. Then impressing Titus, so he offered Ry a job at Sonoma-Loeb in 2006. With Ry being on the winemaking team ever since. He’s been a Cellar Rat, forklift grunt, barrel boy…you name it, Ry has been there. Ultimately learning to craft graceful wines under Phillip’s tutelage. And of course through this adventure becoming a rising star in Napa. This Halpin Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2017 is a perfect example.