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Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2002 is a seductive Cabernet Sauvignon with vibrant acidity. A primary style of red wine entering its adolescence. Highly aromatic nose and flavours of crème de cassis, juicy blackberry, lavender, violets and cherry-boiled sweets. Sweet vanilla, roasted espresso coffee beans, milk chocolate, cinnamon, cloves and caramelized sugar indicate the generous French oak regim which some felt needs a few years to fully integrate. Some earth characteristics of dusty cellar and dark damp smoky peat. Some creamy bacon fat “lardo” savory characters filled-out the palate. A beautifully balanced wine, which boasts fleshiness and lots of structural support to hold it all in. Plentiful fine-grained tannins. This is a complex wine that is virtually infinite – many assessors could still appreciate this wine for several minutes after tasting. A wine that will offer many years of pleasure to those who are patient. Cellar to enjoy from 2015-2025++. Additional comments: Highly polished example of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon. Extremely youthful, long life ahead. One to watch in its development over the next 10 years.

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Howell Mountain Vineyards:
Howell Mountain Vineyards was acquired in 2005 by Rutherford Bench LLC, which is owned by the Chow Family. The Howell Mountain Vineyards brand was originally established in 1988 to handcraft limited releases of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Beatty Ranch and Black Sears vineyards in Napa Valley’s renowned Howell Mountain region. From their elevations of over 1,800 feet, Howell Mounta... Read more
Howell Mountain Vineyards was acquired in 2005 by Rutherford Bench LLC, which is owned by the Chow Family. The Howell Mountain Vineyards brand was originally established in 1988 to handcraft limited releases of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Beatty Ranch and Black Sears vineyards in Napa Valley’s renowned Howell Mountain region. From their elevations of over 1,800 feet, Howell Mountain grapes are known to produce exceptionally bold, full-bodied and rich wines. Read less

External Reviews for Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/06/2011

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain exhibits an inky/blue/purple color along with a sweet perfume of pure blackberries, meat, new saddle leather, and flowers. From an unusually ripe harvest, this sweet, rich, fleshy offering displays more acc... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2002 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 750ml


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/06/2011

WA 93pts. - According to the Wine Advocate: The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain exhibits an inky/blue/purple color along with a sweet perfume of pure blackberries, meat, new saddle leather, and flowers. From an unusually ripe harvest, this sweet, rich, fleshy offering displays more accessibility than many Howell Mountain vintages. Randy Dunn said it was important to drop crop, and he eliminated 40% of the fruit from the vines in both 2002 and 2001. The long, concentrated 2002 may not be the biggest Howell Mountain cuvee, but it will provide lovely drinking between 2009-2024.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/18/2010

Good full ruby-red. Complex nose combines cassis, black cherry, licorice and game. Silky and thick; even sweeter than the Napa sample. This has a wonderfully round mid-palate and impressive, fat fruit. Finishes firmly tannic and very long. Despite th... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2002 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/21/2012

Deep red color with a medium blood red rim. Aromas of sea breeze, bright red cherry, ripe boysenberry, and leather. Supple and soft on the palate with fine grained tannins in beautiful balance. The wine has evolved nicely over the past 9 years and I ... Alex Lallos. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2002 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 1500ml



The 2002 is a seductive Cabernet Sauvignon with vibrant acidity. A primary style of red wine entering its adolescence. Highly aromatic nose and flavours of crème de cassis, juicy blackberry, lavender, violets and cherry-boiled sweets. Sweet vanilla, roasted espresso coffee beans, milk chocolate, cinnamon, cloves and caramelized sugar indicate the generous French oak regim which some felt needs a few years to fully integrate. Some earth characteristics of dusty cellar and dark damp smoky peat. Some creamy bacon fat “lardo” savory characters filled-out the palate. A beautifully balanced wine, which boasts fleshiness and lots of structural support to hold it all in. Plentiful fine-grained tannins. This is a complex wine that is virtually infinite – many assessors could still appreciate this wine for several minutes after tasting. A wine that will offer many years of pleasure to those who are patient. Cellar to enjoy from 2015-2025++. Additional comments: Highly polished example of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon. Extremely youthful, long life ahead. One to watch in its development over the next 10 years.

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