Pride Mountain Vineyards

Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

The 2013 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a total beauty from Randy and Mike Dunn. This refined and beautifully made Cabernet begins with alluring aromatics of dark cherries and blackberries, which are laced with spring florals, tobacco and graphite nuances. This showcases the Dunn’s signature winemaking style of a beautifully structured and balanced Cabernet. It continues to impress with gorgeous ripe fruit and outstanding precision and tension that pulls it all together. It's no secret that the Dunn’s are making some of Napa Valley’s finest wines up on Howell Mountain and this is a testament to the effort and experience they put into their wines. A sensational Cabernet with a long, bright future ahead. — 5 days ago

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Estate Howell Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2015

A really nice SB although for the price I think that this is outdone by the Aesthete SB. Grapefruit dominated nose but with peaches and kiwi fruit on the finish. This is a hefty SB. But honestly I think this is probably at the top for the next 1-2 years. Glad I have 1 more of these but I would recommend that you consume now! At the top! — 10 days ago

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Love this SB.
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My rating and notes from mid last year remains the same. Big and explosive SB. Aromatics are so perfumed and, grapefruit, chalky limestone. Big texture with acidity to age. White flower and tropical fruit peel on the palate. I remember this gaining complexity even on day 2.


Optu Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

Nose of this is 100% Kit-Kat bar. This is the only thing that came to mind. The entry is soft, well rounded, black fruits, dates and herbed nuts. Finishes with a hint of toasted cedar. This wine will continue to develop and I think it will be singing in 5 years. Today, not bad for sure. Feel this one will achieve 93-94 but solid 91 now. — 10 days ago

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Everything about this was smooth and velvet like. I don’t imagine this will age as long as other WA state cab blends, but it is super accessible now. Rich and decadent aromatics of chocolate, baked mixed berry pie and nutmeg. The entry and mid palate on this was so soft...soft fig, blue and black fruit, plum and baking spices. Not super complex, but quite tasty.

John Robert Eppler (JRE Wines)

Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Has been 3 years since I opened one of these and this is really coming into a nice spot right now. This wine is dark, deep, and full bodied. Black cork with tartrate on every square mm. Poured black, inky to the glass. Nose of spice cookie, cinnamon, nutmeg, blackberry cassis. Entry mimicked the same with a graphite and shale note to the middle. This wine finished with good acidity, softened but toasted cedar tannins. Now wishing that I had kept this one another year or two, but drinking at the very top of the hill right now in my opinion. I think this one will have another 5-7 years before it needs to be consumed, but I'd say that if you want to be treated, open this now! — 12 days ago

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Del Dotto Vineyards

The David Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

This tasted like whole cluster fermented Howell Mountain juice. I could have believed that this was 100% Cabernet Franc or 50/50 Franc/Sangiovese even. Rose petal perfume on the nose. Herbal raspberry preserves on the front. Almost had a black cherry bubblegum note in the middle. Finished a little wonky. As I was trying to find something about the makeup of this wine, for which I really found nothing, I came across the $200+/bottle price tag on numerous occasions.....umm....OK. Enjoyable wine, but QPR is a bit crazy. — 12 days ago

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Dragon Vineyard Zinfandel

Bought this Howell Mtn. Zin at the Turley Winery in Amador County on the Shenandoah Wine Trail (the Sierra Foothills in CA. Black cherry fruit and gravel spice nose. A full mouth of dark cherry, cassis and spice taste with a chocolate vanilla finish. Pairs well with pizza on a warming summer evening in our lovely backyard on the green. — 10 days ago

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Dyer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

A fitting wine for my 3000th (CT) review. This wine is in the wheelhouse. Nose of black cherry, brambleberry, cola. Entry is full, mature, ripe sweet black cherry and Cherry Coke. The middle has a bit of a smoky character, tobacco leaf, mint, grilled mushroom. The finish showed great acidity and moderate tannins. With hummus, more of the savory side of this wine came out. With a spicy turkey and brie, more of the sweeter side. Full bodied wine from Dyer, and probably one of the best balanced and integrated Diamond Mtn wines I have had in a LONG time. — 12 days ago

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Howell Mountain Merlot 2009

Last time I opened one of these was back in 2012....what a difference six years has made! This wine has come to full maturity. Drinking at the very top and showing everything it has. Dark black mulberry, balckberry, figs and sweet roasted plums. Middle goes dark and gritty. Espresso bean, while still retaining an overt sweetness. the finish of this has great balance, nice acidity, resolving tannin, roasted black fruits and black pepper. Dang. Happy 4th of July everyone! — 12 days ago

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Spring Mountain Vineyard

Napa Valley Red Blend 2010

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Dust, floral, and cherries on the nose. Milk chocolate covered cherries with just a hint of forest floor. This is awesome right now. There is a hint of tertiary stuff going on. It blows off, but adds to the experience if that makes sense. Tannins start up front and make a pucker throughout. We’re loving this! Grab a few bottles if you can. I’m going to. Let it breath for an hour tho. — 11 days ago

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Von Strasser

Sori Bricco Vineyard Red Blend 2013

A deep dark plum color with lilac undertones. Initial black pepper and cloves aromas but the rich black fruits and and floral notes grow to dominate the nose. This isn’t a standard huge flabby kitchen sink blend, instead it’s actually quite sleek and focused. Sleek, but definitely not dainty. This needs a good bit of air to open up. Harmonious acidity and tannins. Of course, you have to mention the mountain fruit. Beautiful, pure fruit from the Diamond Mountain District that is vibrant and should be for years to come. Tart cherries, cranberries, and blackberries show on the palate. Milk chocolate, cassis, and new leather come to play, as well. — 14 days ago

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