June 20, 2019 - I was surprised that this Dunn was as approachable as it was given its relative youth. Medium ruby. Blackberry, plum, raspberry, violet. I love the power and balance, yet lacks of cloying sweetness so typical of other Napa Cabs. Integration has started, but it will certainly improve with age. 13.9% abv.
January 5, 2019 - It took a little while to open up. I would recommend at least 1/2 hour. Once it did, it was Dunn at it's best. Beautiful balance and fruit... really a classic California Cab.
November 10, 2018 - Worried that this was too young to drink, but found it excellent -- integrated and velvety, rich and not disjointed. Beautiful nose, almost flowery, and lots of dark fruit with a long finish.
May 26, 2018 - Medium-dark rosewood color. Brooding nose, with some piquant cedar wood and some lightly oaked black fruit. The palate is not yet fully resolved, coming across as somewhat mute at this point in time. This is so hard- it's pleasant, but nondescript. Overall, this seems to be in a bit of a dumb phase, but smells and tastes very nice all the same. I am leaving this not rated and reserving judgment, as I know how majestic Dunn Howell Mountain can be in old age.
May 12, 2018 - Group wine tasting
Smooth, dry, leathery
December 25, 2017 - Delicious classic Dunn. Very approachable, but probably a few years away from it's peak. All pencil lead, leather, spice and cassis. It's a beauty.
December 15, 2017 - Fleshy is the key word I had in mind after my first taste. Had more of a red fruit tone at first but took on more black fruit after a couple of hours, becoming darker and more brooding. There is lush dryness and red brick on the finish. The quality of the fruit is stunning, beautiful acidity - which is missing from so many lesser Napa cabs. This is classy, assertive, pure, striking and memorable. This has a traditional, natural feel to it too - hedonistic and unbridled.
October 16, 2017 - Decided to revisit after the last bottle around 5 years ago. Dark red and black fruit - dark cherry, currants, and blackberry. Smooth mid-palate and the tannins are integrated quite well, however, the fruit came across a little light especially in consideration of the 98 rating from WA. Solid finish but not overly long nor deep. Decanted for three hours and drank over another two. Improved a little with time. In all, an enjoyable wine but I guess I expected more. Drank next to a 2015 Lewis cab and I thought the Lewis was quite a bit better - bigger/fuller fruit, more flavorful, longer finish, etc.. WA anticipated maturity 2028 to 2043. I'll continue to let the other bottles lay down longer hoping for that 98 rating.
October 9, 2017 - A little one-dimensional, but still a very good experinece at this stage. However, not up to the Pro Ratings......hopefully it will evolve with some more time. Decanted for about 2 hours.
June 16, 2017 - Decanted and drank over 2 hours. Pleasant, but nothing great. For me, missing character, nuance, in addition to concentration and structure. Definitely no where close to a 98 pt wine per AG. It likely will get better with time, but I don't think it's got the stuffing of the older HM's that I love.