Initially, this had a very strong herbal almost eucalyptus streak growing through the nose and palate that was really dominating and off putting. After about 2hrs in the decanter this calmed down and came into balance with the fruit. Light to medium bodied for Napa, with fine lifting acidity and lots of depth. Solid, if the flavor profile is leaning towards the more green side of Cabernet (which is generally ok for me but I found this one a bit much) -On night 2 this was much more balanced and enjoyable. I probably under rated on night 1. Bumped 2 points.
Trouble with the cork, but got it out. Bottle was dropped, so sediment was throughout. Nose was bold: suede/old leather, wet earth, a suggestion of dark fruit. Taste was leather, tar, with a bit of dark fruit lingering in the shadows, and just enough acidity to keep the wine aloft. I could imagine drinking this wine from a leather bladder in the old country. A world apart from fruit dominated napa cabs. Great with short ribs. If you like this old world style, you'll love this wine.
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(Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain) Very dark red violet color; mature, tobacco, pencil lead, tar, tart berry nose; mature, tart berry, pencil lead, graphite, tart black currant, iodine palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish
(Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain) Dark red violet color; mature, appealing, tart plum, cedar nose; mature, tasty, cedar, tart plum palate with medium acidity; ready now; medium-plus finish
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