Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1999  Front Bottle Shot
Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1999  Front Bottle ShotDunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1999  Front Label

Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

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Winemaker Notes

The first wine in the lineup boasted significant complexity with an array of ripe blackberry, black stone fruit and dried blackcurrant flavors. The spicy bouquet showed masses of sweet cardamom, vanilla, dried black tea and dried orange zest. Other secondary characteristics included tanned leather, sweet pipe tobacco, black truffles, forest floor and an iron. Oak tannins are well integrated and the bright acidity lends noticeable lift to the aromatics. Very long and focused.

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WS 93
Wine Spectator
Dark and intense, with a tight, compact, tightly wound band of earth, anise, leather, game meat, currant and blackberry, revealing layers of complexity and concentration before the tannins and cedary oak clamp down.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Dunn's normal policy is to select the Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from his barrels right before bottling. Hence what I tasted was a trial blend of this wine. This year produced extremely small crops characterized by extremely cool growing seasons as well as unusually late harvests.
Range: 90-93
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High atop Howell Mountain, nestled among 150-year-old fir trees, is Dunn Vineyards. Since 1979 the Dunn's have been producing Cabernet Sauvignon. Their total production is now at 4500 cases, split between the Howell Mountain and Napa Valley appellations.
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One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wine. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.

Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

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