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Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Wine Details

Style

Red

Wine Description

100% percent cabernet sauvignon, the Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet includes up to 15% Napa Valley floor fruit with the remainder of the fruit coming from Howell Mountain. This floor fruit contributes to the wine's softer approach, even though the wines usually can be laid down for 15+ years. The Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is more approachable at a younger age with it’s softer tannins.

"Very concentrated, with a formidable core of black currant and blackberry fruit. Bone dry but with that subtle impression of sweetness that comes from ripe Cabernet. Dried mushroom tones contribute an appetizing, savory component and there's also a trace of black licorice. The tannins are fine-grained and supple, with an impression of chewiness fleshing out the aftertaste. The vivid flavors of the finish suggest a terrific future." - Wine.com

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    Big Cabernet with amazing body and well integrated tannins. Dark fruits and subltle green peppercorns.

    over 4 years
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    The wine is actually fabulous perfectly balanced fruit and tannins

    about 4 years
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    jp

    Had an vino volo austin airport. Bold cab. Napa

    almost 4 years
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    over 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (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.
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2000 Vintage) Medium ruby. Cassis, violet, minerals, game, espresso and smoke on the nose. Dense and rather suave; less concentrated than the Howell sample but easier to taste today. Hints of chocolate and menthol to go with the dark berry flavors. "Typical Napa Valley fruit," notes Randy Dunn.
  • Wine Spectator
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/03.
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Jan-05
  • Wine Advocate
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: (90-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03