The 1988 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is one of the many highlights in this tasting. Initially quite reticent, the 1988 turns positively explosive with time in the glass. What a pleasure it is to watch the 1988 develop over several hours. By the end of the night, the 1988 is positively electric. Smoke, black fruit and menthol inform the deep, powerful finish. (AG)
The 1988 Dunn “Howell Mountain” is just starting to blossom on the palate and offers up an excellent nose of red and black cherries, woodsmoke, a fine base of stony soil tones, a touch of eucalyptus, lovely notes of allspice and a fine framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully open and resolved on the attack, with a fine core, excellent balance and just a bit of backend tannin still perking up the long and complex finish. A fine, fine bottle. (Drink between 2015-2030)
Among the best in depth, richness, concentration, complexity and length. Classic Dunn Howell Mountain in its core of rich, earthy currant, mineral and raspberry. Finishes with chewy tannins, but also the fruit to match.--1988 California Cabernet retrospective. (JL)
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