Howell Mountain

Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1982

Redfruit aromas and flavors, this is still hopelessly young, though the tannins have softened a bit and it seems to be inching towards maturity, impeccable balance and great depth of flavors, super long, lingering finish, just an absolutely fantastic, old school California mountain Cabernet. I have always believed this to be the best Dunn Howell Mountain ever made (I’ve tasted 1981-1992, with a distinct style change towards riper and higher ABV starting around 1992, after which I stopped buying the wine). $15 full retail when I bought it in late 1984. — 14 days ago

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Used to joke about these Dunn HM wines being 40 year wines back in my twenties...guess I wasn't too far off.


Doug Powers

Doug Powers

@vinokeeno , I used to say the same thing, and it’s still not really mature. Fortunately I was still in my late 20s when I purchased it.


Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Big chewy tannins yet still some acid in the palate — 2 days ago

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Cakebread Cellars

Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2007

1hr+ decant. Not sure if it needed more or was over the hill. Dark red color. Tough to write a note as this changed so much over the following hour. Medicinal tones with cherries and subtle vanilla. Medium minus finish. Might be in an odd phase? Confused! — 11 days ago

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Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Balanced, saline, forest floor, marshmallow, dark chocolate, ripe red fruits, medium tannin — 16 days ago

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Sherwin Family Vineyards

Spring Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Decanted for 3 hours before dinner. Smooth, lots of fruity flavors. Aging well!
— 11 days ago

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Ladera Vineyards

Reserve Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Just terrific. This Howell Mtn Cab delivers across the board. Loads of front end red berries and toasted oak. Mid palate has great balance and elegance. Long polished finish. Best drinking Cab from Ladera in a long time. — 14 days ago

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Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

2008 vintage poured in 2023. Black cheese aroma and in the palette. The tannins have softened and the wine has a good balance of flavor, acid and tannins. Still solid after 15 years. — 2 days ago

Philip Togni Vineyard

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Catching up from Friday night. I pulled this bottle because I knew that friends were bringing a 2003 Mayacamas. I thought Spring Mountain and Mt. Veeder would be a nice comparison. This may have been my WOTN. 2011 “the bad Napa vintage” also known as the “Bordeaux”vintage. It was absolutely stunning. So many years left with this one. Completely balanced harmony in the glass. — 9 days ago

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