2001 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Cabernet Sauvignon - 1.5L

  • WA 95
  • IWC 93

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2011
More seriously endowed powerful and still broodingly backward but loaded with upside potential the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain reveals gorgeous blueberry liqueur crushed rock and blackberry liqueur... More seriously endowed powerful and still broodingly backward but loaded with upside potential the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain reveals gorgeous blueberry liqueur crushed rock and blackberry liqueur characteristics. This big mountain-styled 2001 exhibits lots of structure tannin density and powerful flavors. Still youthful vibrant and masculine it needs 4-5 more years of cellaring and should last for 25-30+ years thereafter.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, February 2005
($70) Bright medium ruby. Enticing aromas of cassis blackberry leather and violet. Juicy tightly coiled and penetrating with the sharp delineation of the best examples fromHowell Mountain Densely packed but closed in on... ($70) Bright medium ruby. Enticing aromas of cassis blackberry leather and violet. Juicy tightly coiled and penetrating with the sharp delineation of the best examples fromHowell Mountain Densely packed but closed in on itself. A very backward but extremely promising wine that finishes with broad dusty fine tannins and excellent length. Wait five years on theNapacab but give this at least seven or eight. An impressive return to form for Dunn following the cool late harvests of 1998 through 2000 which were particularly tough onHowell Mountain 93(+?) points
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Howell Mountain
Vintage 2001

Label

Dunn Vineyards produces 100% Cabernet Sauvignon under two labels: Howell Mountain and Napa Valley. Around 2500 cases of Howell Mountain and about 1500 cases of Napa Valley are made each year. The Howell Mountain Cabernet is from 100% percent Howell Mountain fruit, while the Napa Valley includes up to 15% Napa Valley floor fruit, with the remainder of the fruit coming from Howell Mountain. This floor fruit contributes to the wine’s softer approach, even though the wines usually can be laid down for 15+ years.

The bottles differ in two ways: The Napa Valley has a foil seal, whereas the Howell Mountain has been hand dipped in red wax. The Howell Mountain wine label bears both h the sub appellation Howell Mountain, as well as the appellation Napa Valley while the Napa release only reads Napa Valley. The Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is usually more approachable at a younger age with its softer tannins whereas, the Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is massive in fruit and tannins.

Winery

Dunn

Dunn Vineyards is a celebrated family-owned and operated estate in Howell Mountain, a subregion of the Napa Valley AVA. In 1979, Randy Dunn and his wife Lori moved with their son Mike into a home on the outskirts of the quiet town of Angwin. While the valley floor inspired farmers to plant vineyards and make wine, Howell Mountain captured Randy’s heart.

From these mountain vineyards, the Dunn family made its mark on the wine industry, and the land in turn made its mark on the family. They now own over 200 acres of land, 35 acres of which are planted to vines - 29 acres to Cabernet Sauvignon, and a small parcel for Mike Dunn’s Petite Sirah, released under the Retro Cellars label. Another 63 forested acres are entrusted to the Napa Valley Land Trust. The Dunn’s continue to produce two of the best regional examples of Cabernet Sauvignon, one from Howell Mountain and one from Napa Valley.