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Community Tasting Notes (131) Avg Score: 94.0 points

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    we had three 87 Cali's this was the best one for me but all very close (Dominus, Beringer). Some etherical notes but a lot of tertiary notes that could be Bordeaux either. Eucalyptus, blueberries. 95

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  • La Paulée Zachy's Auction - Thursday (Le Bernardin Privé): Not as enjoyable as a bottle I was able to sit with 3-4 months ago. This glass was broodingly stubborn on the nose. Palate was chewy and dense with sweet fruit. Still needs time to integrate. Upside with aeration or a few more years in the cellar.

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  • Zachys La Paulee Auction; 3/5/2020-3/6/2020 (Le Bernardin Prive - New York NY): Small glass, brief note. Big and bold with rich fruit, but tannins still a bit too pronounced.

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  • 13,4% alcohol.

    Deep, somewhat translucent and very dark ruby to black cherry color; surprisingly youthful for its age. Powerful, savory and rather straightforward nose with intense aromas of fresh blackcurrants, some meaty tones, a little bit of bouillon, light sweet notes of cherry marmalade and a hint of graphite. The nose doesn't feel young anymore, but it isn't fully tertiary either. The wine is full-bodied, muscular and quite robust on the palate with intense, dry flavors of ripe blackcurrants, some tertiary notes of beef jerky and leather, light bloody tones, a little bit of meaty umami, a sweet hint of juicy dark plum and a woody touch of pencil shavings. The overall feel is very structured with the high acidity and quite assertive, grippy tannins. The finish is ripe, robust and rather tannic with intense flavors of juicy blackcurrants, meaty umami, some peppery tones, a little bit of sour cherry bitterness, light sweet notes of dried red fruits, a hint of savory oak spice and a touch of meat stew.

    A very powerful, impressively structured and enjoyably old school Napa Cabernet with lots of muscle to keep all that intense fruit in check. Overall the wine is quite evolved and getting rather tertiary, although there's still lots of fruit still left to the wine. Most likely the wine is peaking now; even though the structure could use some further aging, I doubt the fruit will benefit from any further cellaring. Compared to the regular 1987 Dunn Napa Cabernet that was tasted alongside, this feels somewhat bigger and more structured with more concentrated fruit - but surprisingly more developed as well. While the regular Napa Cab was surprisingly youthful for its age, showing capability to age even further, this Howell Mountain Cab is pretty much at its peak. Although I preferred the slightly more delicate and harmonious style of the regular Dunn Napa Cab, this is quite stunning a wine as well. Highly recommended.

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  • boy started off shaky...thought it went bad. brick color...sour, acidic...decanted for 2 hours and color deepened. faint cherries, blueberries, integrated saddle leather and tobacco...great!

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain: 1979–2014 (Aug 2018), 8/1/2018, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Epic Dunn: Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 1979-1999 (Feb 2014), (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2002, IWC Issue #104, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/9/2008, (See more on 90 points

    (Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain) Group's #7 (my #7) – 58 pts; 1, 0, 1, 4 – Dark red violet color with pale meniscus; earthy black fruit and herbal nose; narrower, earthy black fruit and charcoal palate with high acidity; medium finish

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