1998 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
61 Ratings
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61 Ratings
1998 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Winemaker's Notes

Bands of color suggest optimum maturity. Extraordinary interaction between fruit and oak. A powerful, sophisticated & restrained wine, with medium+ acidity, full-body and tannins that grip. Extraordinary interaction between fruit and oak continues throughout the legth of the palate to the dry finish.

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Bands of color suggest optimum maturity. Extraordinary interaction between fruit and oak. A powerful, sophisticated & restrained wine, with medium+ acidity, full-body and tannins that grip. Extraordinary interaction between fruit and oak continues throughout the legth of the palate to the dry finish.

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    `WS 87; cedar oak, tight, tannic; best thru '09, 2300 cases

    over 1 year
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2000 Vintage) We have been champions of Randy Dunn's dense and sinewy Cabernets for many years now, and this latest, loosely defined and seemingly underfilled wine comes as a genuine surprise. Its offbeat aromas smack as much of twigs and green olives as of well-ripened fruit, and its taut, tannin-framed flavors carry an echo of greenness as well. It is possible that aging will help it fill out, but we cannot find the sort of fruit at its heart to win it a place in our cellars.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2004 Vintage) Elements of loamy soil, leather, dark chocolate and forest-floor spice sit to the side of extracted, ripe-currant fruit in both the aromas and flavors of this tannin-bound working, and, even if rich and very well filled, the wine is still one for hiding away in the cellar. It is tight and tough as young, mountain Cabernet is wont to be, yet its balance and sense of proportion are those that we look for in an ageworthy wine. Give it another seven or eight years and do not be surprised if it improv...
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2004 Vintage) "I don't know whether it's me, the vintage character, or whether Randy Dunn and his son have intentionally softened their wines, but these 2004s are more opulent and up-front than previous renditions. Yet, they lack neither concentration nor richness. Those of us who have been cellaring Dunn's wines for twenty years, waiting for them to reach maturity should be thrilled by this new development. The Howell Mountain is denser and richer with blacker fruits as well as more body. Both are full-bodied...
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 2004 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2002 Vintage) "The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain exhibits an inky/blue/purple color along with a sweet perfume of pure blackberries, meat, new saddle leather, and flowers. From an unusually ripe harvest, this sweet, rich, fleshy offering displays more accessibility than many Howell Mountain vintages. Randy Dunn said it was important to drop crop, and he eliminated 40% of the fruit from the vines in both 2002 and 2001. The long, concentrated 2002 may not be the biggest Howell Mountain cuvee, but it wi...