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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 228 
ProducerDunn Vineyards (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationHowell Mountain
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UPC Code(s)087116080003, 400007092044

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2017 and 2032 (based on 31 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.3 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 64 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Superjack29 on 4/26/2015 & rated 94 points: Double aerated through Vinturi followed by a 2 hour decant. This was surprisingly smooth drinking considering some of the drink by dates I've seen. Maybe will gain more complexity with bottle time, but I think these are ready to go if you have the time to give some air. (3677 views)
 Tasted by BUBBA DAWG on 4/20/2015 & rated 95 points: PNP...prevalent wine diamonds (tartrates) on cork...inky violet with great clarity...stellar and lively nose of fleshy black fruits, earthy expresso, dark chocolate, licorice with hints of charred cedar...chewy yet reserved black fruits with refined and nicely integrated tannins...great balance...soft, supple and feminine in nature...needs some time in decanter

stored with cork overnight - much more lively day 2 - would recommend a 4+ hour decant at this point in time

rivals 09 Derencourt Tache D'encre although 09 Dunn has a bit more finesse - one of the best new world reds i've had this year (3072 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 3/19/2015 & rated 93 points: At BLT Prime in NYC/Gramercy, looking for a great pairing for a steak. Recommended by the somm, had my reservations as Dunn wines usually takes 10+ years to come into their own. Splash decanted and drank over 90 minutes

Dark purple color. Nose of dark fruits, tobacco, pencil shavings, cedar. Palate was dark fruits, earth, floral notes on the back palate.

Less power than a typical Howell Mountain cab, still a little tight but just may need a longer decant than we gave it. I dont mind the style, I found this more restrained at a young age than most Howell Mountain Cabs. Better at this stage than I would have thought, this is ready to drink now. Should still age well in the Dunn tradition, will continue to improve (3248 views)
 Tasted by farinas on 3/9/2015 & rated 92 points: Dark young color. Bouquet has dark fruits, earth, unsmoked tobacco, green pepper. Palate has some structure and body but seems to lack some punch. Smooth, round tasty but lacking some power. Give it more time 92-93 (3273 views)
 Tasted by DaButtah on 2/21/2015 & rated 94 points: Needs a decant but after 2 hours this really opened up. Some delicious red fruit character, some cedar and graphite. Delicious wine. (3342 views)
 Tasted by JHumps on 2/8/2015 & rated 92 points: Still extremely compact. Need to revisit in 3-5 years. Delicious. (2096 views)
 Tasted by Cadby on 1/24/2015 & rated 95 points: 2009 Dunn Howell mountain +++++ $90

Cedar, Marlboro, stunning in youth. Future Miss America

http://8wordsonwine.blogspot.com/2015/01/2009-dunn-howell-mountain-90.html (2123 views)
 Tasted by bluegoose on 1/6/2015 & rated 94 points: Decided to try another bottle in light of other recent reviews and I also wanted to put it up against the 2010 vintage. Similar notes as before but clearly some improvement since my tasting last summer. Decanted for two hours and drank over another two. Improved quite a bit with time but I thought the finish was still a little tight even by the end of the session. Once again, WA anticipated maturity 2019 to 2039, however, I believe this vintage maybe only needs another year or two. Still very approachable now but I do expect it to get even better with a little more time. (3098 views)
 Tasted by Dkendust on 1/5/2015 & rated 95 points: The wine IS ready to drink now if you like a full-bodied yet smooth and velvety cab. I have been holding this wine because one of the reviews states the wine is not ready to drink. I think if you wait til 2030 to enjoy this wine, it will be way too mellow. It is absolutely perfect right now!! ENJOY - salud! (2047 views)
 Tasted by mojotojo on 12/25/2014 & rated 94 points: A gorgeous Dunn HM. Showing amazingly well for a relatively young Dunn. Lovely nose of pencil shavings, leather, dark fruits with hints of blueberry, spice and that Howell Mountain brambliness. Loaded with fruit and packed with firm but sweet tannins, this is an impeccably built wine. Ideally, it needs another 3-5 years and then should last another 25 years or so. Really, really nice (1730 views)
 Tasted by RS60 on 11/14/2014 & rated 94 points: Too young to drink, but had never had Dunn Vineyards Cab before. Wanted to try it before our trip to Napa. Very good. Plenty of salad in the neck for a wine this young. Needs to age another 2-5 years. (2478 views)
 Tasted by firstgrowth on 8/4/2014 & rated 94 points: Smooth as silk, very young. Give it a few years. (2809 views)
 Tasted by PhillyOutWest on 8/4/2014 & rated 92 points: Enjoyed this on the balcony on my Alaskan cruise. Really good showing. I highly recommend you bring a filter as this wine has tons of sediment. Solid 92 points. Looking forward to trying another bottle of this in a few more years. (3398 views)
 Tasted by Grenik on 7/31/2014 & rated 91 points: Way too soon to drink this excellent wine. Sure, the blueberry is pure bliss, the vanilla exquisite, and the finish long and lingering, but it is going to be so much better if we wait. Perhaps you should send me your bottles to hold so you do not drink them too soon... (2778 views)
 Tasted by MarkMich on 7/27/2014 & rated 94 points: My neighbor opened last night for dinner. I was a little surprised because I have my bottles stashed away and wasn't planning on drinking for years. Having said that it was fantastic. Lush dark fruit with remarkably soft tannins for its age. I look forward to the bottles I have in storage. (2693 views)
 Tasted by robertdtwo on 7/18/2014 & rated 92 points: Dark fruit and mineral abound; wonderful expression of Howell Mountain terroir. Mild green streak I detected in an earlier TN seems to be resolved. Drinking well at this young stage, but will only improve as secondaries come into their own. If you're not patient, give it some air; if you are, you will be rewarded for giving it a little bottle rest. (2355 views)
 Tasted by nectar14 on 7/1/2014 & rated 93 points: Generously shared by Norris this afternoon during the USA game. Dark ruby, edge of purple. Nose opened up gradually over the course of 2 hours, after decant. Ripe currant, blackberry, and some blueberry. Crushed rocks, cedar, and faint flowers as well. Medium to full bodied, gained breadth and volume with more time open. Ripe tannin on the long finish. This was very pleasant today, and I don't see why one couldn't enjoy it now with plenty of air, but I think it will be best in at least another 7-8 years. (2009 views)
 Tasted by jimyeni on 6/5/2014 & rated 91 points: Very nice. (2133 views)
 Tasted by William Kelley on 5/8/2014: Reminiscent of a top-flight Pauillac, the 2009 Dunn Howell Mountain exhibits a deep ruby-black color, followed by a nose of cassis, blackberry, herbs and subtle new oak aromas. Striking minerality and precision is combined with palate-stainingly intense flavors, but there is no sense of aggressive extraction, and nothing cloying or heavy about this deftly balanced wine. (2762 views)
 Tasted by bluegoose on 5/2/2014 & rated 93 points: I'm impatient and always have to try at least one bottle of a new Dunn Howell Mountain vintage even though I know it's not ready. I was pleasantly surprised by how approachable this vintage is in comparison to some other recent vintages like the 08 and 07. Typical old world smell and initial taste of a Dunn Howell Mountain cab. However, mid palate transitions into more of new world style in my opinion. Nice fruit (fairly deep/complex but not as deep as the 08), very smooth mid palate, and nice finish (although finish was still a little tight at the end of the session). Decanted for three hours and drank over another two. Improved quite a bit with time and obviously can lay down for a couple years. I expect a couple points higher in a couple years. WA anticipated maturity 2019 to 2039. (2744 views)
 Tasted by dcprincess on 2/16/2014 & rated 91 points: Drinking young. Popped and poured, but a decant would've helped. (3916 views)
 Tasted by webbaker on 12/30/2013 & rated 93 points: A bit softer than I expected, 13.9% ABV. Quite enjoyable. (4198 views)
 Tasted by Krakajack on 12/26/2013 & rated 93 points: Always a pleasure to drink a Dunn howell. Went taste up against a Bordeaux blend and was equivalent, deep purple hue and delicious currant smell is this wines primary characteristic. (3623 views)
 Tasted by Jgallup on 12/14/2013 & rated 94 points: Exceptional! Oak, berries, spice in perfect balance. Long finish. Enjoyed with steak. (3863 views)
 Tasted by affordableCollector on 11/16/2013 & rated 91 points: inky, dark red, in color. blackberry, blueberry, earth, floral, forest floor, spice, pepper, on the nose. balanced acid and tannins, on the finish. (4713 views)
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