2019 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
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jebdunnuck.com, December 2023

I would put the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain up against both the 2013 and 2016 as a potential reference point vintage for this cuv e. Checking in at 13.9% alcohol and revealing a deep purple hue as well as...
VN 98

Vinous, February 2023

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is outrageously beautiful. A wine of extraordinary purity, the 2019 dazzles right out of the gate. The tannins are nearly silky for a young Howell Mountain Cabernet...
WS 96

Wine Spectator,

(#6 Top 10 of 2023) Lushly fruited, this sends waves of crushed plum, boysenberry compote and blackberry paste out from the core, with a strong undercurrent of cast iron and smoldering tobacco to boot. Grippy and dense...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Howell Mountain
Vintage 2019
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.9%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

In the heart of California's North Coast region lies a hidden gem known as Howell Mountain, and it is here that the magnificent 2019 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain was born. Crafted by the esteemed Dunn winery, this red wine showcases the very essence of Napa Valley's winemaking prowess.

With a deep, rich red color that shimmers like a ruby in a glass, this Cabernet Sauvignon immediately captivates the eye. The nose is greeted by a symphony of aromas, with blackcurrant, blackberry, and dark cherry taking center stage. As the wine opens up, delicate hints of cedar, tobacco, and vanilla waft through, adding layers of complexity and intrigue.

One sip of this Howell Mountain treasure reveals a bold, full-bodied wine that coats the palate with velvety smoothness. The intense fruit flavors burst forth, dancing harmoniously with notes of clove, chocolate, and espresso. The tannins are firm but well-integrated, providing structure and balance to the wine's opulent nature. The finish is long and lingering, leaving a trail of dark fruit and spice on the tongue.

The 2019 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a testament to the exceptional terroir of its origin. The mountainous terrain and volcanic soils imbue the wine with a unique character, showcasing the true potential of California Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is a masterpiece in a bottle, a true representation of the artistry and dedication of the Dunn winery.

Pair this remarkable wine with a juicy, grilled ribeye steak or a rich, dark chocolate dessert to fully appreciate its depth and complexity. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future indulgence, the 2019 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain promises a memorable experience that will leave wine enthusiasts craving for more.