2009 Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 750ml

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2009 Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

Bright, deep ruby-red. Finer and higher-pitched on the nose than the Napa Valley bottling, offering perfumed scents of cassis, blueberry, blackberry, licorice, violet and bitter chocolate: a clear expression of Howell Mountain cabernet. A step up in sweetness and depth from the Napa Valley release, offering superb intensity and excellent clarity and lift to the primary, highly concentrated dark berry flavors. This very densely packed, long wine is built for a slow evolution in bottle and may very well ultimately merit an even higher rating. Tannins are substantial but broad and fine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 168

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Wine Advocate | 96+

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.

Drink Dates: 2019-2039
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 204

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Wine Spectator | 93

Delivers a tight beam of rich, complex flavors, with currant, black licorice, loamy earth, cedar and tobacco leaf notes that expand on the finish, where this maintains its focus and gains length. The tannins are firm, yet this is approachable.

Drink Dates: 2014-2025
Author: James Laube


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Score: 91
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/10/2013
Flavors of red berries and pomegranate. Medium to full bodied without a long finish. This wine lacks the depth that I like in a Cabernet.
Score: 95
Author: Leftymtb
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 04/11/2013
While this will likely age gracefully for many years to come, it can already be approached with a little decanting.
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Author: flash73mg
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/12/2013
Drink Dates: 2019-2039
HVG Birth Year Wine (2 750ml + 2 magnums) WA 96+ Antonio Galloni writes in Wine Advocate: "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. Randy Dunn's two 2009s are quite different from each other in this vintage, something that isn't always the case. That's good news for Dunn fans, as the 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the estate's few recent releases that won't take ages to be accessible. 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."
More Vintages and Sizes of Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain:

2000 (1.5L)
2000 (750ml)

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