2007 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
  • WA 97
  • IWC 93

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2011
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is unlike any wine I have ever tasted from Dunn. Layer after layer of flavor saturates the palate in this opulent full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2007 possesses dazzling... The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is unlike any wine I have ever tasted from Dunn. Layer after layer of flavor saturates the palate in this opulent full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2007 possesses dazzling textural richness depth and sheer intensity. Purists may prefer more structured vintages but for a producer known for such slow maturing wines the 2007 is a huge pleasure to taste today. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2037.I tasted a large number of wines with Randy Dunn this year. These are some of the most powerful age worthy Cabernets being made in Napa Valley today. Dunn is very much an iconoclast who follows his own convictions. Picking is a bit earlier here than elsewhere throughout the valley. Dunn isn't too concerned if stems occasionally make it into the fermenter. A fervent advocate of lower-alcohol wines Dunn makes no apologies for removing alcohol from his wines if they come in above 14%. Personally that strikes me as a totally unnecessary intervention but it's hard to argue with the quality of what is in the bottle and ultimately that is what counts most. The Napa Valley bottling includes purchased fruit from the valley floor and is typically a slightly more accessible wine while the Howell Mountain is a much tougher wine that typically demands 20 years to enter its early peak. These Cabernets are for the patient but 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. Readers who want to explore these wines without waiting several decades may want to start with the 2005 or 2007 Napa Valley bottlings both of which are somewhat accessible at this stage. Drink: 2017 - 2037
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2011
(as with the Napa Valley '07 the label shows a moderate 13.9% alcohol): Full ruby. Restrained high-pitched youthfully medicinal aromas of cassis cocoa powder and crushed rock. Very young and fresh with good sweetness... (as with the Napa Valley '07 the label shows a moderate 13.9% alcohol): Full ruby. Restrained high-pitched youthfully medicinal aromas of cassis cocoa powder and crushed rock. Very young and fresh with good sweetness and lift to its dark fruit and violet flavors. Finishes with building tannins and integrated acidity that will support a couple decades of development in bottle. Seems much more powerful not to mention more fruity than the Napa Valley bottling.
JJB 94
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, August 2011
Thick inky ruby red. Glass staining. Very penetrating and intense in the nose with aromas of fine cassis deep red cherry violets marshmallow minerals mocha with a touch of raspberry liqueur. Invigorating dense and rich... Thick inky ruby red. Glass staining. Very penetrating and intense in the nose with aromas of fine cassis deep red cherry violets marshmallow minerals mocha with a touch of raspberry liqueur. Invigorating dense and rich. Still very fresh in the mouth with vivid juicy fruit and find tannins with bright red fruits and a touch of vanilla and cedar. Still very tight at the core but with smooth velvety tannins and there is vibrant acidity here that will carry this on in the cellar for 15-20 years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Howell Mountain
Vintage 2007

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.