Howell at the Moon 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

    Tasting notes: Brooding, dark, and fragrant, this reveals blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry on the nose. Earthy cedar and clove, attar of rose, and mineral precede a long finish of sweet red apple. Worth knowing: Howell at the Moon is a Napa cabernet sauvignon whose name alludes punningly to an activity of Tysie, the Jack Russell terrier on its label. This canine crooner belongs to Marc Cohen, a former physician, who, in 1999, retired after 27 years at New York University Medical Center and left the serenity of New York City for a fast-paced life in Angwin, Calif. In 2000 he purchased a 21-acre parcel, complete with a farmhouse into which he and his terrier moved.

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