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The Kukeri Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (and its 99-point score) is back in limited quantities. Get it while you can.
Howell Mountain is one of the most prestigious sub-regions in all of Napa Valley and the prices here show it with almost no Cabernet Sauvignon to be found under $100 a bottle. Those that score 95 points and up generally retail for hundreds of dollars a bottle.
Well, today we've got a special one for you from one of our favorite producers, who we’ve featured here a number of times, Kukeri Wines. If you've always wondered what a close to 100 point wine tastes like, now's your chance.
The 2018 Kukeri Howell Mountain Cabernet won Best of Class, Double Gold and 99 points from 2021 Santé International Wine Competition. It easily gets a 10 Taste rating from us. It also has an SRP of $95.
Of course, even with our giant discount, this is still a seriously expensive bottle. For whatever reason, once you get above 92-93 points, it seems like each additional point is exponentially higher in cost, with (in our opinion) less and less return. We're not trying to diminish the 99 point score of this fabulous wine, just trying to set expectations appropriately for those that purchase, the difference between 93 and 99 points may not be as big as you think.
That said, you don't often find a 99 point wine priced this low, so this is a pretty unique deal. And if you got in on this deal the first time we offered it before Christmas of last year you know this is the real deal!
Today's Insider Deal gets you 2 bottles of the 99 point 2018 Kukeri Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon for $94.99, or $47.50 a bottle, a discount of 50%.
Buy multiples and you save even more since you'll never pay more than $5 shipping, no matter how many 2-packs you buy. Keep reading for the full review below as well as some serving tips.
This 2-pack deal is available to ship to the following states: AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI and WY. (These states are dependent on the individual licenses of the offering winery. Future deals may have more or less states available.)
Learn more about our winery direct INSIDER DEALS here.
This limited time, winery direct offer ends Friday 4/29/2022 at noon (PT) unless it sells out sooner.
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From the winery:
The unique terroir of the Howell Mountain produces wines that are typically very powerful and intense in structure. The grapes for our signature 2018 Kukeri Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon comes from one of the highest-elevated vineyards in Napa Valley located on Howell Mountain with over 2000-foot elevation. The mountain’s well-drained and rocky volcanic soils and moderate climate is perfect for growing full-bodied and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon.
A touch of Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc balance the rich dark fruit and massive tannins of our 2018 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, adding a vibrancy to its lush mouthfeel and lingering dry finish and balanced acidity.
The 2018 Kukeri Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon opens with an intoxicating aroma of dark, ripe berry fruit plus licorice, French vanilla, a little coffee, a little mint, a little cola, a little chocolate and a little black pepper. There is lots to smell here and it keeps evolving as it has more time to breathe.
The wine tastes ripe, rich, full-bodied and delicious. Full of dark fruit, all the other accents from the nose return in the mouth as well. With great balance and structure, this is exquisite.
It ends dry, long and chewy with lasting dark fruit and cola. It's absolutely delicious already but almost a shame to drink this so young as you can tell it will get even better. It was just as good on day 2. I'm guessing it won't hit its peak for another 5 years and should easily have at least a 10 year drinking window.
If you're buying this for immediate consumption, I would let it rest at least 3-4 weeks after receiving it. I do think there is something too the whole bottle shock effect from shipping and if you're spending this much you don't want to take any chances.
On the day you want to drink it, at a minimum I would open the bottle in the morning and let it sit on the counter uncapped the whole day. Alternatively you can pour it into a decanter several hours before consumption.
2018 KUKERI HOWELL MOUNTAIN NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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Get the Kukeri Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon while you can! This deal ends Friday 4/29 at noon Pacific.