Red

2003 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain
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Community Tasting Notes 132

  • Jammy Wine Does not like this wine: 82 points

    August 31, 2019 - A rich and inky wine with monumental structure and burnt fruits (which brings me to Tuscany). Ultra-ripe merlot fruits with bitter cocoa extract. Very full bodied with jammy fruits but lacks acidity. Too bulky which I find it challenging to have more than one glass of it... Merlot with Sangiovese? 2010? Warm climate, Super Tuscan? (82/100)

  • Anonymous Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 28, 2019 - From a magnum, tasted from a decanter. Reddish purple in color. Quite expressive aromas of reddish black currants, raspberries, loam, smoky oak and graphite. Rich and warm on the palate shows sweet and smoky crushed black fruits, dark chocolate, medium acidity, fine grained tannins and a long cedar and spice tinged finish.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • whitmanlholt Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 7, 2019 - Screened into a decanter and then drank over several hours. Decanting was a good idea as there was significant sediment cake visible throughout the bottle (and the wine still turned my tongue black after decanting). The wine is solid- to dark-red, with blackberry, currant, mint, graphite, and a touch of tomato leaf on the nose (with a very light note that seemed like it might be TCA, but again much in the background). In the mouth, this is dense and smooth, with a nice sweetness that pulls through a satisfying finish. Overall, this is ready now and nicely rendered. I have pinch of doubt that there may have been some very light corkiness here, so I may be scoring lower than warranted. Take that as you will. 92 points.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • edjDelray Likes this wine: 93 points

    February 4, 2019 - Drinking great ...no time like the present!!!

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  • edjDelray Likes this wine: 93 points

    January 4, 2019 - Some initial smoke cleared and the pure dark currant emerged after an hour....drinking well....mature. Evolves quickly.

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

    (Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By William Kelley
    Dunn Vertical, 6/30/2016 (link)

    (Dunn Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain, California, USA, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2007, IWC Issue #130 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/3/2012 (link) 93 points

    (Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain) Very dark red violet color; focused, tart plum, cassis nose; tasty, tart cassis, tart black plum, wild berry palate; needs 4 years; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • 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 Codes 400001938393, 400007092044, 725011257273

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 6 (0%)
  • In Cellars 2,482 (67%)
  • Consumed 1,238 (33%)

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