Vinous | Rating: 93Dark red cherries, plums, menthol, tobacco, new leather and spices are some of the notes that inform the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. Hints of lavender and licorice develop in the glass as the wine gradually opens up. In 2011, the Howell Mountain Cabernet offers plenty of depth and resonance, but the tannins are quite tamed by Dunn standards, making it a delicious wine to drink earlier than other recent vintages.Author: Antonio Galloni
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Succeeds where many failed in 2011, offering enough flavor through a mix of dried herb, bell pepper, dried currant and sage and a crushed rock loaminess on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2026.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, which comes 100% from their estate vineyards, is slightly higher in alcohol at 14.3% (despite the label saying 13.9%). Soft, opaque purple-colored, with a ripe, full-bodied mouthfeel and notes of graphite, spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry fruit, it is full-bodied, luscious, and ideal for drinking over the next 12-15 years.Author: Robert Parker
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 96There's spice, blueberry and blackberry. Minty and minerally. Full-bodied and structured with powerful tannins and a long blueberry finish. Needs at least four or five years.Author: James Suckling
Currently Dunn Vineyards produces around 5000 cases of extremely age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 894 bottles owned
- 82 collectors