Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2003

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Our 2003 Howell Mountain Cabernet is a blend of fruit from the Beatty Ranch and the Black Sears Vineyard, among the o...

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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... Read more

Marked by ripe plum and cherry fruit with a cedary oak edge that turns to tobacco and herbs. Well-balanced, with firm tannins and a hint of wild be... Read more

The 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa may be the lightest example I have tasted since Randy Dunn began making his blockbuster Cabs in 1979. It possesses... Read more

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External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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. Dunn dropped 30% of the crop in order to guarantee ripeness in his vineyard. There is no astringent tannin or vegetal characteristic to be found in this full-bodied, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Marked by ripe plum and cherry fruit with a cedary oak edge that turns to tobacco and herbs. Well-balanced, with firm tannins and a hint of wild berry and chocolate on the finish. Best from 2006 through 2017.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa may be the lightest example I have tasted since Randy Dunn began making his blockbuster Cabs in 1979. It possesses a deep ruby/purple color, medium body, moderate levels of cassis fruit, and a tight, hard, narrow finish that will never flesh out. Although it will hold up for 10-12 years, there is clearly a lack of intensity/substance to this otherwise cleanly made lightweight.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
04/16/2014

The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which all comes from Howell Mountain, possesses deep, dark, primordial, blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with notes of flowers and minerals. It is impressively built, rich, and intense with the gorgeous fruit purity evident in all the Dunn Cabernets. Anticipated maturity: 2007–2020+.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Saturated full ruby. Roasted aromas of blackcurrant and black raspberry. Suppler and denser than the '99, showing more breadth and depth of fruit today. Finishes with chewy, ripe tannins and a chocolatey quality. Another barrel destined for the Howell Mountain bottling: Complex aromas of black raspberry, violet, bitter chocolate, minerals and leather. Juicy and harmonious in the mouth; dense, broad and sweet, but also possesses good spine and verve. Ripe tannins spread out to cover the entire palate. This should be very strong for the vintage. (Dunn had 20% more crop in 2000 than in '99 but on my late winter tour the 2000 samples came across as sweeter, more harmonious and more complete.)


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

From one of California's most experienced Cabernet Sauvignon winemakers, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa possesses an inky/purple color as well as a restrained, but sweet bouquet of blackberries intermixed with hints of new saddle leather and crushed rocks. Firmly structured, with a steely spine, exuberant, rich fruit, and a powerful, highly tannic finish, it should be cellared for 7-8 years, and drunk over the following two decades.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

If Godzilla drank California Cabernet Sauvignon, would there be any doubt as to what choice it would be? Anyone who has regularly tasted Randy Dunn's Cabernet Sauvignons (first produced in 1979) realizes several things. They all possess the following characteristics: (1) remarkable color and richness, (2) massive personalities with huge tannic structures, (3) gorgeous purity and unreal aging potential. Last year I reported on a tasting where all of Dunn's top wines back through the 1982 vintage were served. Remarkably, they had hardly budged in development, yet they were still exceptionally rich in their pure creme de cassis, black raspberry, and blackberry fruit notes. These are obviously more than 20-25 year wines. It is not far-fetched to suggest that Randy Dunn is producing Cabernet Sauvignons that, in top vintages, will be fresh, lively, and rich in fruit at age 50. Unbelievably, Randy Dunn has barely raised his prices in the two decades he has been making wine. For those with patience, these are among the finest values in long-lived, classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2003 Howell Mountain Cabernet is a blend of fruit from the Beatty Ranch and the Black Sears Vineyard, among the oldest vineyards in the appellation. The Beatty Ranch is known for its rich, concentrated Cabernet fruit flavors, while the Black Sears brings exotic spice and richness to the blend. In the glass, the wine is a dark, warm ruby, with the fragrance of violet and vanilla. The nose quickly opens to aromas of ripe, spicy fruit and savory roasts. On the palate are juicy and penetrating flavors of baked cherries, cinnamon and toasted oakwood. Perfectly balanced, with moderate acidity, medium full body and pleasant grainy texture, this is a classic mountain Cabernet. 511 cases produced.

Our 2003 Howell Mountain Cabernet is a blend of fruit from the Beatty Ranch and the Black Sears Vineyard, among the oldest vineyards in the appellation. The Beatty Ranch is known for its rich, concentrated Cabernet fruit flavors, while the Black Sears brings exotic spice and richness to the blend. In the glass, the wine is a dark, warm ruby, with the fragrance of violet and vanilla. The nose quickly opens to aromas of ripe, spicy fruit and savory roasts. On the palate are juicy and penetrating flavors of baked cherries, cinnamon and toasted oakwood. Perfectly balanced, with moderate acidity, medium full body and pleasant grainy texture, this is a classic mountain Cabernet. 511 cases produced.

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