So, the W.H. Smith 2012 Reserve Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was entirely stunning.
With noble depth and texture paired with intense acid that brought regal balance, this is a Cabernet I would bow down to and call 'king' any day. Owned by Bill and Joan Smith, it was Bill who was one of the five gentleman who originally established the Howell Mountain AVA.
A truly gorgeous expression of what Cabernet has the potential to be.