Holiday blessings to you and Sue-Marie. By the way, to date, your Howell Mountain is still one of the top 4 wines I have ever tasted at any price. We just love it. - Brent in Texas
CellarTracker Community Tasting Notes (average 92.7 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 3 notes) http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=961746
Tasted by EnjoyinglifeTX on 1/24/2011 & rated 95 points: I began to evaluate this wine only after 10-15 minutes of being opened. The wine is a beautiful rich dark ruby color in the glass. The nose is is amazing and smelling it is just as enjoyable as drinking it. It seduces you into the glass with dark plum and ripe blackberry fruit aromas in the beginning with spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg evolving into ripe figs, cedar box, and Don Juan Roses and finally to black licorice and suede. The palate is complex as well initially presenting with smooth but intense fruit flavors of black plum, cassis, and ripe blackberries, medium toasty oak, black tea and green peppercorn spice with crushed limestone, and unsweetened dark chocolate evolving to mild dill flavors. It has moderate plus firm tannis with well balanced acidity resulting in a very silky smooth and sexy mouth feel. The finish lasted in excess 90 seconds. I really enjoy smelling this wine just as much as drinking it and consider a huge value at the current price point as it compares to wines with a significantly higher price point. This wine should age beautifully.
Wine Library TV's Gary Vaynerchuk rates 2006 Haber Family Vineyards Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon a 93+. Video review and info:
"The Wine Guy" Nelson Tucker rates 2006 Haber Family Vineyards Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon a 94
Taigen Shops features our 2006 Haber Family Vineyards Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
"...Well, serious it is with deep chewy layers of mocha, black cherry, cracked black pepper and black tea aromatics that carry over detail for detail to the palate. The wine is a keeper and should be decanted at least 2 hours before serving with your next prime rib or porterhouse."
From Wine Spectator Forums post by Eric Reichenbach, Wine Director at Twin Farms in VT:
Haber Family Vineyards Wine Dinner
Back in Decemeber 2009, a blind tasting was held here at Twin Farms in which '05 Harlan and '05 QC were the main focus, but an unknown ('06 Haber Family Vineyards CS) was secretly added into the mix.
Each taster had two glasses PER wine - one glass with the wine decanted for 7 hours and the other glass with the wine decanted for ~45 minutes.
All three wines showed really well, but at the end of the tasting, it was unanimous that the "unknown" was the favorite. (Harlan was second and QC third.) I must admit that the results were shocking. I have been fortunate to have had Harlan and QC on numerous occasions. Therefore, figuring out which glasses were the QC was easy. Now, what turned out to be the Haber, I had pegged for the Harlan. The Haber was voluptuous, a descriptor that I typically use when tasting Harlan! In disbelieve of the results, I had another bottle of Haber sent up that week. I put the wine through the same decant (half at 7 hours and half at 45 minutes). My notes from this second tasting were consistant with the first. All I could say was, WOW!!! This is a like a 75-1 shot winning the Derby.
Excited to introduce this wine known to our guests, I have invited Sue-Marie and Ron Haber to show their wine here at Twin Farms. The event will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2010.
There will be a pre-dinner tasting of their 2007 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Sue-Marie and Ron will be on hand to talk about their new project ('06 being their first release). At dinner we will be pouring their 2006.
Haber Family Vineyards in located up on Howell Mountain. While their estate vineyard was maturing, grapes for the 2006 and 2007 were sourced from the Diamond Mountain district. Production is small, ~350 cases. The Habers hit the bulls-eye with winemaker Tim Milos! Not only is Tim a really nice individual, but he can make one hell of a wine!
We all know the pricing of Harlan and QC. Please join us and discover the new cult in town! And unlike many of the "California Cult Cabernet Sauvignon", the Haber Family Vineyards CS is in the <$100 range.
An overnight stay at Twin Farms (an all inclusive resort) is required to attend the wine dinner. Please feel free to visit the website - www.twinfarms.com or email me - email@example.com for more information.
To learn more about Haber Family Vineyards, please visit www.haberfamilyvineyards.com
Drink in good health!
New wine blogger friends taste 2006 Haber Family Vineyards Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
We recently hosted a tasting of our first release at our home on Howell Mountain during crush. Our wine blogger guests have written about their time with us. We’re grateful for their insights and their time that day and look forward to having them back when we release our 2007 Haber Family Vineyards Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
Enjoy these excerpts from their blog posts and click the links to read their full posts:
"While the fruit grew, and the estate developed, the 2006 Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon was released earlier this year. This bottle was decanted the night before our visit, and it was simply stunning. Those of you who know me well know that I don’t like the typical overblown overdone overextracted Napa Cab, and this wine was the elegant, silky antithesis of that. I tasted chocolate, smoke and salami in the wine. Or was that the nibbles I was chowing down? Sue Marie put on an amazing spread for us. The wine continued with pepper and subtle blackberry, with juicy plum notes. As the wine opened up further in the glass, and as we ate lunch and drank more, the rich mocha flavors came out to play and evergreen notes teased me. At one point I had an overwhelming aroma of Earl Grey tea, which was followed by fig, black cherry and root beer. I really enjoyed this wine, and for $80 it is worth it. I would certainly buy another bottle to hold for a special (or not so special) wine drinking occasion.."
Thea Dwelle ~Luscious Lushes http://bit.ly/4qRIHu
"The bottle we tasted was decanted the evening before and I noticed many changes in the wine as we sampled it. Ron is a fan of mountain fruit and his wine reflects that bold flavor. I detected deep berry fruit but also notes of chocolate and even mint. Sue-Marie laid out a lovely lunch including some roasted figs, which she at first thought too ripe and sweet to serve, but I thought they were just right with the wine."
Marcy Gordon ~ Come for the Wine http://bit.ly/4890Wt
“A group of us bloggers sat down with Ron and Sue-Marie at their Howell Mountain summer home to try their first release and enjoy some lunch. The wine tried was the 2006 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine shows how good mountain cabs can be. Inky and intense, it exhibited aromas of blackberry, cassis, chocolate, mint, and toasty oak. It showed that earthy, limestone character that seems to me to make Diamond Mountain cabs unique. Firm tannins and balance acidity round it out. Loooooonnggg finish. I expect that this wine will age quite well for years. In my humble opinion, the wine is well worth the price.”
Michael Wangbickler~Caveman Wines http://bit.ly/2FV6Nb
"This 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful dark hue that presents strikingly when poured. Deep, dark, brooding, berry notes lead the nose. Subtle eucalyptus, cedar and vanilla aromas also play a role. The palate is generously flavored and loaded with layer after layer of well proportioned and even keeled, but relentless and intense fruit flavors. Plum, cherry and blackberry are the most prominent. A host of spice notes are present as well. These flavors give way to chocolate covered blackberry and an avalanche of earth that form the core of this wines tremendous finish. This Cabernet has good structure and firm tannins; excellent acidity provides the framework."