Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

9.32023 ratings
9.3632 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.4

Last week was a combo of 4th Friday and Open That Bottle Night on back to back nights. Needless to say, the lineup between both days was full of heavy hitters, so I’m only posting standout bottles.

Yes, that is a 3L of ‘87 Dunn Howell in a gorgeous etched bottle. I think the bottle may have outshone the wine, and that was no easy feat! Compared to the ‘88 I opened a year and a half ago, the vintage and larger format here have kept time hostage as this has aged beautifully. Dusty aromatics of brambly fruits, cassis, currant, graphite, fig, leather and even some baking spices remained. The profile on the palate is warm and soft...ripe baked blackberries, peppercorn, old graham cracker and cedar shavings. Integrated at this stage, but this powered through 5+hrs in bottle and in decanter with zero drop off. Still sporting Dunn’s classic Howell power.

Last week was a combo of 4th Friday and Open That Bottle Night on back to back nights. Needless to say, the lineup between both days was full of heavy hitters, so I’m only posting standout bottles.

Yes, that is a 3L of ‘87 Dunn Howell in a gorgeous etched bottle. I think the bottle may have outshone the wine, and that was no easy feat! Compared to the ‘88 I opened a year and a half ago, the vintage and larger format here have kept time hostage as this has aged beautifully. Dusty aromatics of brambly fruits, cassis, currant, graphite, fig, leather and even some baking spices remained. The profile on the palate is warm and soft...ripe baked blackberries, peppercorn, old graham cracker and cedar shavings. Integrated at this stage, but this powered through 5+hrs in bottle and in decanter with zero drop off. Still sporting Dunn’s classic Howell power.

Mar 7th, 2020
Lee Pitofsky

In an absolute beautiful place. Intense, highly expressive and layered with black raspberries, currants, leather, cedar, hints of red flowers and licorice. Finishes with excellent length, depth and dusty tannins. Terrific bottle.

In an absolute beautiful place. Intense, highly expressive and layered with black raspberries, currants, leather, cedar, hints of red flowers and licorice. Finishes with excellent length, depth and dusty tannins. Terrific bottle.

Jan 31st, 2020
boyd pearson

Always a treat.

Always a treat.

Dec 5th, 2019
Ara Aslanian

Magnificent, in the perfect dinking window. Cherry, chocolate, leather. One of the best wines of the year for me for sure.

Magnificent, in the perfect dinking window. Cherry, chocolate, leather. One of the best wines of the year for me for sure.

Nov 3rd, 2019
Shay A
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

One of my favorite producers, and likely just entering its prime window (where I imagine it will hold for a decade or so). The profile here is dense yet soft and round. Gorgeous aromatics of baked fig and ripe blackberry with pencil shavings and cassis. Black cherry jam, graham cracker, violets and dusty traits on the palate. Such a delicious wine right now. Thanks
@Michael Rariden .

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

One of my favorite producers, and likely just entering its prime window (where I imagine it will hold for a decade or so). The profile here is dense yet soft and round. Gorgeous aromatics of baked fig and ripe blackberry with pencil shavings and cassis. Black cherry jam, graham cracker, violets and dusty traits on the palate. Such a delicious wine right now. Thanks
@Michael Rariden .

Oct 10th, 2019
Antonio Galloni

Founder, Vinous

9.7

One of the best bottles I have ever had of the 1985. Dark, dense, rich and incredibly young for its age. Magnificent!

One of the best bottles I have ever had of the 1985. Dark, dense, rich and incredibly young for its age. Magnificent!

Sep 20th, 2019
Joe D'Angelo

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.

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.

Jul 11th, 2019
Tobin Trevarthen

A big spectacular cab that was decantered for hours. Tasted at Howell Mountain tasting. This one could go on for years.

A big spectacular cab that was decantered for hours. Tasted at Howell Mountain tasting. This one could go on for years.

Jun 23rd, 2019
Greg Koslosky

Still some tannins and a good amount of fruit. I don’t think it will be any better with age .

Still some tannins and a good amount of fruit. I don’t think it will be any better with age .

May 28th, 2019
Andrew Steffensmeier

Day 1- really tightly wound mostly savory bits, fennel, and huge strong tannins. not sure why I didn’t dump it. Day3- fruit is out to play, tannins settled down and all kinda of wonderful interesting tidbits. Nice acidity and long finish. Really good! So a 87 on day 1, and 95 day 3. Think ahead.

Day 1- really tightly wound mostly savory bits, fennel, and huge strong tannins. not sure why I didn’t dump it. Day3- fruit is out to play, tannins settled down and all kinda of wonderful interesting tidbits. Nice acidity and long finish. Really good! So a 87 on day 1, and 95 day 3. Think ahead.

May 12th, 2019