2021 was a perfect year for growing Cabernet in Napa. Limited rainfall the previous winter led to small and concentrated clusters. Although the crops were low-yielding, the wines from 2021 are powerful and intense.
The 2021 Unwritten Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet from an ideal vintage. It is replete with layers of density, spice, and umami. An inviting and aromatic nose of clove, peat, grilling spice, and crushed flower petals leads to an ultra-rich palate of dark berries, espresso, and graphite. Unctuous waves of structure reinforce the many layers of depth. This wine is only in its infancy; it will easily last decades. It is an exceptional choice to lay down for very special, future occasions.