2002 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
  • IWC 93
  • CG 92
  • WS 91

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IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, February 2006
Bright saturated ruby-red. Vibrant nose offers cassis minerals gunpowder and spices. Densely packed but nicely delineated with primary fruit-driven flavors of blackcurrant and spices. Very juicy and suave but still quite... Bright saturated ruby-red. Vibrant nose offers cassis minerals gunpowder and spices. Densely packed but nicely delineated with primary fruit-driven flavors of blackcurrant and spices. Very juicy and suave but still quite youthfully unevolved. Finishes with firm but smooth tannins. This calls for considerably more patience than the Napa Valley bottling but even today there's a pleasing pliancy of texture. This held up extremely well in the recorked bottle. 93 points
CG 92
Connoisseur's Guide, August 2008
From its very deep, currant-and-sweet-spice aromas to its keenly defined and concentrated varietal flavors, this compelling young effort is wonderfully rich without being flamboyant or flashy or beholden to runaway... From its very deep, currant-and-sweet-spice aromas to its keenly defined and concentrated varietal flavors, this compelling young effort is wonderfully rich without being flamboyant or flashy or beholden to runaway ripeness and oak. It is uncommonly well tailored for the big wine that it is, and it shows fine fruity length even while finishing with considerable tannins. It is far from its best and, given the capability for lengthy aging shown by Dunn Cabernets over the years, we feel safe in setting this one aside for a decade or more.
WS 91
Wine Spectator, July 2012
Notably elegant and refined this shows good density. The core of mixed flavors includes dried currant savory herb cedar and mineral. Firm in body and tannins ending with a cigar box-cedar-tobacco allure.-2002 California... Notably elegant and refined this shows good density. The core of mixed flavors includes dried currant savory herb cedar and mineral. Firm in body and tannins ending with a cigar box-cedar-tobacco allure.-2002 California Cabernet blind retrospective (May 2012). Drink now through 2018. 4600 cases made. -JL
JJB 93
JJ Buckley, August 2011
Deep red color with a medium blood red rim. Aromas of sea breeze bright red cherry ripe boysenberry and leather. Supple and soft on the palate with fine grained tannins in beautiful balance. The wine has evolved nicely... Deep red color with a medium blood red rim. Aromas of sea breeze bright red cherry ripe boysenberry and leather. Supple and soft on the palate with fine grained tannins in beautiful balance. The wine has evolved nicely over the past 9 years and I suspect a further 10-20 years of development is not a stretch in the least bit.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2002

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.