2012 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 1.5 L

Year: 2012
Appellation: Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 95+
Vinous Media: 95+
James Suckling: 96-97
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
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"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is classic Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, with plenty of licorice, blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, forest floor and background oak and earth. It is full-bodied, showing wonderfully sweet tannin and a long, layered finish. It does strike me as somewhat more approachable in its youth than Randy Dunn’s Cabernets would have been. Certainly, this will age for 25 or more years." (WA)

"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is one of the most exotic, flamboyant young wines I have ever tasted from Randy and Mike Dunn. Graphite, cherry liqueur, smoke, licorice, plums and crème de cassis, open up in an alluring Cabernet Sauvignon that melds together ripeness and structure. The fruit is distinctly red-toned in 2012, with fewer of the darker notes that are often present in the Howell Cabernet. Pliant and expressive, but with plenty of underlying tannin, the 2012 is shaping up to be a beauty. Best of all, it won’t need decades in the cellar to start drinking well." (VM)

"Classic Dunn profile in the nose with sweet tobacco, dark chocolate, plum, and black currant. Walnut too. Full body, bright and tight acid/tannin. Reserved and integrated. Shy still but shows wonderful potential. Needs two to three years to show it all. But fabulous already." (JS)