abreu, las posadas, howell mountain 2011
Readers who want to understand the degree to which Howell Mountain was favored over other parts of the valley in 2011 should check out David Abreu's 2011 Proprietary Red Howell Mountain. A vivid, multidimensional wine, the 2011 is endowed with tons of depth and sheer richness in its blueberries, cassis and black currants. All of the hallmarks of this site come through beautifully. Menthol, crushed rocks and licorice inform the explosive finish. Frankly, this is an eye-opening effort in terms of what was possible in 2011. Rating 96-98.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Proprietary Red Howell Mountain exhibits good red and black fruit, roasted meat, sweet forest floor and wet gravel characteristics, undeniable minerality, medium to full body and beautiful ripeness, purity and depth. Although it is the least concentrated of Abreu’s 2011s, it is still a big wine as well as one of the vintage’s most successful efforts. Drink it over the next decade.