Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Petite Sirah

9.432 ratings
9.511 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Petite Sirah
Tomato-Based, Lamb, Potato, White Rice, Pungent Cheese, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Chili & Hot Spicy, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Pork, Venison
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.6

November’s 4th Friday was a big hit. There is no way I’ll be able to upload all the wines, nor give them the reviews they deserve, but there were a few worthy of mentioning!


This is one of those bottles that you may never see again and because of that, expectations are crazy high...thankfully, this delivered. When I had the opportunity to purchase one of these (provenance perfect, as the purchaser acquired directly from Dunn), I was very intrigued. My understanding is this wine was made during ‘92, ‘93, ‘94 and ‘95.

Upon opening, I was shocked (though I shouldn’t of been) that it seemed to need a lot of air. Undoubtedly purple core in the glass, with a fading rim. It leapt from the glass revealing a very floral profile of potpourri, violets and sage, along with cassis, underripe blackberries and cedar. On the palate, the tannins have integrated smoothly and acidity keeps it afloat with an energetic vibe. There are notes of leather, herbs, plum, crunchy black cranberries with a finish showing cracked black pepper, dusty graphite, iron and a touch of dark cocoa. Continuously evolved over two hours. If I was served this blind, there is no way I could even consider this was Petite Sirah. Maybe a late ‘80s right bank cab franc blend would be my guess, or an older Barolo from a top producer. A truly magical profile and experience, one I hope to be fortunate to be a part of again!

November’s 4th Friday was a big hit. There is no way I’ll be able to upload all the wines, nor give them the reviews they deserve, but there were a few worthy of mentioning!


This is one of those bottles that you may never see again and because of that, expectations are crazy high...thankfully, this delivered. When I had the opportunity to purchase one of these (provenance perfect, as the purchaser acquired directly from Dunn), I was very intrigued. My understanding is this wine was made during ‘92, ‘93, ‘94 and ‘95.

Upon opening, I was shocked (though I shouldn’t of been) that it seemed to need a lot of air. Undoubtedly purple core in the glass, with a fading rim. It leapt from the glass revealing a very floral profile of potpourri, violets and sage, along with cassis, underripe blackberries and cedar. On the palate, the tannins have integrated smoothly and acidity keeps it afloat with an energetic vibe. There are notes of leather, herbs, plum, crunchy black cranberries with a finish showing cracked black pepper, dusty graphite, iron and a touch of dark cocoa. Continuously evolved over two hours. If I was served this blind, there is no way I could even consider this was Petite Sirah. Maybe a late ‘80s right bank cab franc blend would be my guess, or an older Barolo from a top producer. A truly magical profile and experience, one I hope to be fortunate to be a part of again!

Nov 25th, 2019
Pedro Rusk

Wine Educator Kendall Jackson

9.5

Drinks like old Nebbiolo at 22 years. Killer with homemade sugo

Drinks like old Nebbiolo at 22 years. Killer with homemade sugo

Jan 18th, 2018
Michael Hildbold

Still alive and kickin'

Still alive and kickin'

1 person found it helpfulJun 11th, 2014
Mark Eastom

2000 Cabernet.. Amazing stuff. Drinking great right now. Soft tannin, subtle kirsch, gamey earthiness, med-bodied and nice acid. Lot going on, wish I had written this while tasting. Would have had many more descriptors.

2000 Cabernet.. Amazing stuff. Drinking great right now. Soft tannin, subtle kirsch, gamey earthiness, med-bodied and nice acid. Lot going on, wish I had written this while tasting. Would have had many more descriptors.

Oct 6th, 2016
Giuseppe LoCascio

What a beauty...fragrant, fresh crushed berries, cinnamon, coffee...like liquid velvet

What a beauty...fragrant, fresh crushed berries, cinnamon, coffee...like liquid velvet

Dec 2nd, 2014
Pedro Rusk

Wine Educator Kendall Jackson

10

Still tannic and showing loads of fruit and secondary tones. Killer with porterhouse steak

Still tannic and showing loads of fruit and secondary tones. Killer with porterhouse steak

Oct 28th, 2013
Erik Longabardi

Top. I’m tired of silly wines. This is not silly. I need not to make silly wines and ciders.

Top. I’m tired of silly wines. This is not silly. I need not to make silly wines and ciders.

Sep 22nd, 2020
Eric S
9.6

My favorite of the thee bottles I bought. Blood, iron, camphor, wrapped around a core of blackberries. Awesome stuff.

My favorite of the thee bottles I bought. Blood, iron, camphor, wrapped around a core of blackberries. Awesome stuff.

Aug 22nd, 2020
romo

Thin. Advanced. Perhaps storage issues. Finish lights a brief flash.

Thin. Advanced. Perhaps storage issues. Finish lights a brief flash.

May 30th, 2020
Eric S
9.5

Pure grundle madness. Uber funky with black fruit.

Pure grundle madness. Uber funky with black fruit.

May 17th, 2020