One of our favorite producers in the Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 vintage here is another beauty. The good news is that Dunn’s Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a little more approachable out of the gate so it won’t need the decade or two of aging like the old wines have in the past. A monumental Cabernet Sauvignon, and a relative deal compared to the other top Cabernet Sauvignon made in the Napa Valley!
Vinous (Steve Tanzer) 96+ points! Dark ruby. Captivating violet lift to the aromas and flavors of cassis, kirsch, licorice and mocha. Plush and fine-grained; extremely deep in the middle palate but this extremely rich wine impresses as much for its finesse as for its sheer density and power. Finishes with wonderfully harmonious tannins and great slow-mounting length. Owing to its sheer density and baby fat, the wine is edge-free from the start, but it's likely to evolve at a snail's pace and last for decades. (13.9% alcohol)
Decanter (William Kelley) 96 points! Notes of black cherry, cassis, graphite, incense, spice and rich soil preface an authoritative, intense wine with a lovely chassis of fine but firm tannins, underpinned by vibrant acidity: quintessential Dunn Howell Mountain. Under Mike Dunn's thoughtful stewardship, the family's wines have become more refined; largely thanks to more carefully chosen barrels. But while this wine may be less forbidding in its youth than the vintages of the 1990s, let it sleep for a decade to reveal its potential complexity. (Drink between 2024-2055)