95 points Decanter
"Dramatically darker and more intense on the nose, very clearly stating its rustic, Howell Mountain origins. Cigar box, charcoal and black currants on the nose. The texture is a step up in richness and concentration from the other Pilcrow Cabernets, but loses no grace, restraint and purity. A very long, powdery and persistent finish. As simply delicious as it is heady and complex."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Granite Lake does not just reside in the Howell Mountain AVA, it is on the ridgeline of the mountain itself. The soils are dusty, red, rich in iron and volcanic debris deposited during the valley’s turbulent, secondary eruptions. Combining this low-vigor soil, 10% slope, and 2,097 feet of elevation gives you a darn good recipe for a classically-styled Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine reflects this terroir construct with approachable but firm tannins paired with low pH and savory acidity. Wine with power and ballast. Sitting above the fog line adds a sense of warm, red fruits (think: raspberry, strawberry and plum) that is balanced with a sense of charcoal, red rose, rainwater-minerality, and herb.