Rick Mirer, the former stand-out Quarterback at Notre Dame and NFL player with the Seahawks, 49ers, Raiders, Bears & Jets turned another longtime hobby into a profession – wine! This Mirror 2016 Howell Mountain Cabernet is his thirteenth release and I would say the best-effort yet-to-date! His friend Jeff Smith (owner of Hourglass winery) did not need to convince him that there was life after the NFL (New Found Love). He was already a big Hourglass fan, and when they hooked up to discuss his future, Mirror was born – the rest, as they say, is history. The wines are made by Kirk Venge. The grapes were sourced from the venerable Cimarossa vineyard on Howell Mountain
Mirror 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
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The aromas of this Cabernet Sauvignon are an ever-evolving blend of ripe blackberries, dark chocolate, and baking spices. The big, bold palate offers layers of complexity – a soft, ripe entry of dark cherry with hints of leather followed by a concentrated core of ripe plum, highlights of vanilla, cinnamon, and espresso beans. The balanced acidity delivers a seamless harmony of fruit and rich tannins that integrate into a clean and long-lasting elegant finish.
Winemaker (Kirk Venge) Notes: “Concentration & focus… a star student, this wine has both. Austere mountain soil meets the abundant sunshine of this southwest-facing slope, its light crop proffering rich aromas of ripe stone fruit and blackberry bramble. Hints of cigar box compliment flavors of stewed cherry on the mid-palate and a long finish of clove and capsicum that will age superbly for 15-20 years.”
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