2009 Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (1.5L)
East of St. Helena in Angwin, the Dunn family has been making wine since 1979. Randy Dunn and his son, Michael, make the wines today. The grapes for this earthy, mineral-laden Cabernet are sourced from volcanic soils, leaving this bottling with a massive tannic edge perfect for cellar aging, which the Dunns claim can be well over 15 years.
Wine Spectator: 93 Points
Wine Advocate: 96 Points
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain has more energy and focus than the Napa Valley bottling. Iron, graphite, red fruits, dried flowers are some of the many notes that take shape in this deep, complex, powerful wine. I imagine the 2009 will still be spectacular at age 30. For now, it needs at least another handful of years of cellaring to drink well. Huge veins of minerality support the huge fruit, giving the wine much of its pure tension and vitality. This is going to be a fascinating wine to follow over the coming decades. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039. The Howell Mountain Cabernet is classic Dunn, with maybe just a little more polish than some other recent vintages. As always, the Dunn Cabernets stand apart from the vast majority of wines being made in Napa Valley for their huge, tannic structures and aging potential, something that is especially true for the flagship Howell Mountain bottling." -Wine Advocate
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