Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

9.368 ratings
9.313 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Katy Jossy Simanski

Black plum, cassis, anise and mint. Amazing complexity and beautiful structure.

Black plum, cassis, anise and mint. Amazing complexity and beautiful structure.

2 people found it helpfulNov 1st, 2015
Kenneth Korsbæk

2006

Mar 18th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Tried this at Chef Geoff in Tysons. First time trying Dunn so I wasn't sure what to expect. Called ahead for a two and a half hour decant. Color was a deep garnet with brown edges. The nose was very tight, savory, greens, dark dirt and something like a dirty garage. Started with savory notes in the palate then completely changed. Moderate tannins and body that was smooth and silky. Very well integrated with some dark fruit, maybe a little cassis. Finish was shorter than expected but still moderate. Overall not a bad wine at all but the finish knocked the points down a bit.

Tried this at Chef Geoff in Tysons. First time trying Dunn so I wasn't sure what to expect. Called ahead for a two and a half hour decant. Color was a deep garnet with brown edges. The nose was very tight, savory, greens, dark dirt and something like a dirty garage. Started with savory notes in the palate then completely changed. Moderate tannins and body that was smooth and silky. Very well integrated with some dark fruit, maybe a little cassis. Finish was shorter than expected but still moderate. Overall not a bad wine at all but the finish knocked the points down a bit.

Oct 28th, 2015
Jacob Gragg

Sommelier Georgian Room at The Cloister Sea Island

9.3

Magnum

Magnum

Mar 11th, 2015
Christian Gourdin

It's Howell mountain Dunn - what can you say? #amazing #wine 😍

It's Howell mountain Dunn - what can you say? #amazing #wine 😍

Jan 14th, 2015
Noah Hart

A little young, but well balanced and dusty

A little young, but well balanced and dusty

Feb 11th, 2014
Tom Garland

2 hour decant(decent fine/cloudy sediment). A brooding dark garnet color with little signs of aging. On the nose: plum, currants, funky smoked meat, mint, and pepper. Taste: soft, smooth wine with some blackberry, sweet tobacco, earth, spiced dark chocolate and some still there slightly astringent tannins....had better Dunn.

2 hour decant(decent fine/cloudy sediment). A brooding dark garnet color with little signs of aging. On the nose: plum, currants, funky smoked meat, mint, and pepper. Taste: soft, smooth wine with some blackberry, sweet tobacco, earth, spiced dark chocolate and some still there slightly astringent tannins....had better Dunn.

Aug 8th, 2022
Bruce Leboff

This was an outstanding wine. Dark and brooding. Lots of tannin present - but the wine was balanced and smooth on the palate. It benefited from the 2 hour decant. I will keep the few bottles left as a treat in the coming years.

This was an outstanding wine. Dark and brooding. Lots of tannin present - but the wine was balanced and smooth on the palate. It benefited from the 2 hour decant. I will keep the few bottles left as a treat in the coming years.

Jul 31st, 2021
Greg Wright

Decanted. Cassis, mocha, dried herbs and graphite. After 15 minutes in the glass blossomed beautifully. Long life ahead of it. Enjoyed it at my Uncles 73 birthday.

Decanted. Cassis, mocha, dried herbs and graphite. After 15 minutes in the glass blossomed beautifully. Long life ahead of it. Enjoyed it at my Uncles 73 birthday.

Feb 16th, 2021
Tom Garland

1.5 hour decant(surprisingly just a little cloudy sediment). A prodigious medium dark garnet color with little signs of aging. On the nose: funky stewed meats, blackberry, smoke, plum, minty pepper, creme de cassis. Taste: KABOOM! Rich, silky, full body wine with blackberry, earth, cedar, wet gravel, menthol and a cassis pencil lead long finish with some ashy tannins. In its prime drinking window and this 13.8% alc wine should rock another 10 years. Cheers!

1.5 hour decant(surprisingly just a little cloudy sediment). A prodigious medium dark garnet color with little signs of aging. On the nose: funky stewed meats, blackberry, smoke, plum, minty pepper, creme de cassis. Taste: KABOOM! Rich, silky, full body wine with blackberry, earth, cedar, wet gravel, menthol and a cassis pencil lead long finish with some ashy tannins. In its prime drinking window and this 13.8% alc wine should rock another 10 years. Cheers!

Nov 15th, 2020