The $10,000 Cellar, Part Three

Topping off the cellar with Cabernet-based wines


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Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

While many might argue that the heart of the Napa Valley (Rutherford in particular) represents the epicenter of great Cabernet production. I’ve always preferred the wines form the hillside and Howell Mountain in particular. These wines are fruity and rich enough, a little stress in their lives just adds a touch of detail and complexity which to me makes them better wines. I love me some Rutherford Bench Cabernet, but if I’m putting a bottle in the cellar, I’m reaching for Dunn Howell Mountain first and foremost.

Randy Dunn has been making these wines for decades and the style really hasn’t changed all that much. These are rich yet really structured wines. Many people think the Dunn Howell Mountain never actually matures. It does, it just takes plenty of time.

Tip: If you can’t wait 20 years for the Howell Mountain, try Dunn’s Napa Valley bottling which is 85% Howell Mountain fruit, a fraction of the price and only needs about 12 years to become drinkable!

Dunn Howell Mountain $80

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    Apr 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

  • Snooth User: wine o200
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    Just trying a Tardieu Laurent 1997 Bandol at the moment, yes rustic, but those tannins are fine and dusty now. Should go with the lamb strips, capsicum , tomato, caramellised onion and bonconcini, or perhaps one of your right bank Bordeaux might fit the bill.

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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