1998 Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Vinous | Rating: 97

Ironically, the 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain from a much weaker vintage than 1997 on paper, is a much more interesting wine. Huge and explosive on the palate, the 1998 boasts serious depth and concentration. Iron, smoke, anise and dark red/blackish fruit all swirl around in the glass in a striking, nuanced Cabernet that is among the wines of the year in Napa Valley. If there is a dark horse in this tasting, the 1998 is it. Beautiful.

Drink Dates: 2016-2033
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: Feb 2014

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

($65) Bright ruby. Cassis, minerals and mint on the nose. Very tight and a bit musclebound, but the flavors of darkest berries and licorice are vibrant and pristine. Juicy, firmly tannic and quite long, with miraculously little greenness for a mountain cabernet in '98. Very unevolved today. My bottle showed more thickness with extended aeration. Randy Dunn dropped nearly half of his fruit in order to get the rest ripe in '98, and has produced highly successful cabernets in the context of the vintage.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 99

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88-90

Dunn's normal policy is to select the Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from his barrels right before bottling. Hence what I tasted was a trial blend of this wine. This year produced extremely small crops characterized by extremely cool growing seasons as well as unusually late harvests. Randy Dunn dropped 40% of his crop in 1998 in order to attain ripeness. Consequently, this wine does not possess the herbaceousness or weediness found in many 1998 Howell Mountain Cabernets. The wine reveals plenty of sweet black currant fruit infused with minerals. While light, it is a successful effort. It may last only 20-25 years, rather than fifty! The 1998 displays excellent intensity along with pure black currant/cassis notes intermixed with earth, spice, and smoke.

Drink Dates: 2000-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 96
Author: MiloBusbecq
Tasted On: 03/29/2014
Very good, young tasting, medium body, good acid. Lovely.

Rating: 89
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/25/2014

Average rating: 91, based on 5 reviews
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107 bottles owned by 79 collectors.

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About This Producer

Dunn Vineyards is located east of St. Helena in the town of Angwin on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. In 1972 Randy and Lori purchased the original vineyard property. The winery was established in 1979, with the first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. In 1981, the first release offered consumers 660 cases of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Howell Mountain vineyards. In 1982, Dunn also released their first Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Currently Dunn Vineyards produces around 5000 cases of extremely age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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