Easily one of our favorite addressees in Napa, Dunn is one of the region's true classicists producing extraordinary age-worthy and deep Cabernet Sauvignon. This address's beauty comes from the higher elevation vineyards on the mountain that Randy Dunn has been farming since the 70s. Dunn has kept it all in the family, and Randy's son, Mike, oversees the production in the vineyard and the cellar with his wife who is also a second-generation vintner. The wines here lean towards more of Cabernet Sauvignon's serious style, with power, tannic structure, and beautiful complexity. Anyone who has had an older bottle of Dunn can attest to these wines' magnificence and age-ability, but in 2016 it is a little more approachable than usual. 2016 is another fantastic vintage and a wine that even those with a European palate should check out.
Decanter 97 points! "Wiry, opinionated and something of a recluse, Randy Dunn has a reputation for making sleek, powerfully structured, extremely ageworthy mountain cabernet. He is also adamant on the topic of ripeness, vowing in 2007 that he would never make a wine with more than 14% alcohol by volume. The 2016, like most Dunn Cabernets, has not an ounce of body fat. It’s tight, lean, and focused with soaring fine tannin and lots of fantastic savory and spicy flavors from black olives to Chinese 5-spice. The fruit has almost a cool blue character. While I loved drinking this 2016, this wine won’t truly unfurl itself for another several years."
Antonio Galloni 95+ points! "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain offers good density, but in more of a medium-bodied style that is quite a bit more approachable than is the norm here. A whole range of inky Howell Mountain fruit, graphite, grilled herb, licorice, spice, chocolate, and lavender nuances open up in a brooding, resonant Cabernet that needs a few years in bottle to start drinking well. There is plenty of the structure readers have come to expect from Dunn, but less youthful austerity, which is not a bad thing at all."