Red

1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain
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Community Tasting Notes 134

  • Troon Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 16, 2020 - The wine is in a perfect place. I loved the tobacco and cherry. More ripe red fruit on the palate than I expected, but not in an extracted way. The finish is medium, and I would say it’s at its peak. I don’t know that you need to be in rush to drink the 99, but I’m also not sure it’s going to evolve much more. It paired perfectly with a grilled fillet. I’d say Dunn and Larkmead are my favorite California Cabs.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • chablis28 wrote: 96 points

    January 4, 2020 - To have a great experience with a particular wine you need a few major elements; proper btl age for that wine, and too often slighted - the right amount of air / decant and finally whenever possible, a prefect pairing. We had that tonight with this '99 Dunn HM! I opened this 4 hours before leaving for Capital Grill. Finding it a little closed I decanted immediately removing 1/2 a shot glass of sludge in the process. My high neck fill became a high shoulder fill:). Left it in the decanter for 2-1/2 hours and back in the btl with cork still out. Upon arrival at CG I removed the cork and took a test pour. Deep ruby with slight ambering on the edges. Nose awesome, palate lovely! We started drinking in earnest about 45 minutes later with the best restaurant steaks I've had, bar none. The Dunn was singing! Major cigar box & light cedar on the nose. The palate was fresh & lively with a cornucopia of intense Left Bank BDX flavors; dark raspberry, dark chocolate, tobacco leaf, cedar, graphite and mineral. I didn't note the Alc but someone else on CT states 13.3%. Ah, the good old days before too many CA Cabs became ports. I regret never buying Dunn on release as the HM along with Ridge MB & old Mondavi Reserves have become some of my favorite Cabs, bar none. Picked this pristine, perfectly aged btl up this past summer. What a find and what a killer pairing with steak! 96pts+

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  • JonnyG Likes this wine: 91 points

    December 15, 2019 - A Second London Pre-Holiday Celebration (67 Pall Mall): Served double blind in what was meant to be a Bordeaux flight, and this too was unmistakably New World to me. I also found it fairly shut down, though a real decant might have helped. Notes of muted currants, tobacco, and toasted oak. Fairly silky mouthfeel. Just need a decade or more for the fruit to emerge.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Quarked wrote: 94 points

    December 13, 2019 - Forgot to take notes while drinking over Thanksgiving, but this was exceptionally good.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Bottledrainer Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 22, 2019 - Decanted the bottle about 2 1/2 hours before the tasting. This wine is really drinking well right now. Good fruit, nicely balanced, lingering finish. Wish I had more.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vintage Retrospective: The 1999 Napa Valley Cabernets (May 2019), 5/1/2019 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain: 1979–2014 (Aug 2018), 8/1/2018 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Epic Dunn: Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 1979-1999 (Feb 2014) (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2002, IWC Issue #105 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2002, IWC Issue #102 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1999
  • Type Red
  • Producer Dunn Vineyards
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Howell Mountain
  • UPC Code 400007092044

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 5 (0%)
  • In Cellars 2,185 (65%)
  • Consumed 1,192 (35%)

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