2014 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $129.94 (was: $139.94)
"...make no mistake about it, in top vintages the Howell Mountain is one of the great wines, not just of California, but of the world." - Antonio Galloni
When it comes to an old-school style of Napa Cab, benchmark producers like Dunn have been diligently carrying the torch for decades making the kind of age-worthy, terroir-driven Cabernet that put California on the map. Randy Dunn helped set the standard for mountain Cab back in ‘79 and according to Galloni, his wines remain among the “most powerful, age worthy Cabernets being made in Napa Valley today.”
Randy, and his son Mike Dunn earned their reputations making Cabernet that can go the distance (after a multi-decade vertical, Stephen Tanzer wrote that these are 25-35 year wines). Today’s double 96-point effort is set to carry that legacy forward, impressing “as much for its finesse as for its sheer density and power” (Vinous). Whether you’re a collector looking for a long distance runner, or are in need of an impressive gift without the cult Cab price tag, the Dunn Howell Mountain is among the finest options available in Napa today.
The Dunn family have held fast on their principles since the very beginning in 1979. While their peers chased higher alcohol levels and ripeness, Dunn has always picked earlier to achieve a Bordeaux-like structure and longevity.
While you can open one of these right now and enjoy it’s more youthful qualities, this is absolutely a wine for the back of the cellar where it will develop gracefully. Cheers!