International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90Bright deep ruby. Aromas of cassis, blackberry, dark chocolate, licorice and earth. Dense, juicy flavors of dark berries dominated by rather penetrating acids. Tougher and even more backward than the Napa Valley bottling, but longer and sweeter on the back end. Finishes with powerful toothcoating tannins. Both this and the Napa bottling show much stronger acidity than they did from barrel last winter, a few months prior to the bottling.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: November/December 2000
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95The enormous 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a super-powerful, fabulously-concentrated, 50-year wine. Aromas and flavors of blackberry/cassis jam, minerals, and subtle oak are found in this extravagantly rich, gargantuan Cabernet Sauvignon that should age effortlessly for half a century.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92This one's ruggedly tannic and hard-edged, with lots of cedary oak in the forefront, so patience is required--let the earthy anise and mineral-scented currant flavors meld and the tannins to soften. 3,454 cases made.Author: James Laube
Self | Rating: 96Excellent Howell Mountain Cabernet from a notable year. Blueberry, mint, cassis, blsckberry and a hint of white pepper on the finish. Waking up now, with great structure , elegance and a long finish. Wine to dream with.Author: Daddy
Self | Rating:not great!Author: Michael N594
Currently Dunn Vineyards produces around 5000 cases of extremely age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 1560 bottles owned
- 292 collectors
- Average collector rating: 96
(Out of 292 collectors)