The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain takes things to another level, as hard as it may seem to believe. This was another difficult vintage for Dunn. Yields were down a full 50%. In exchange, nature rewarded Dunn with the fruit to make an epic wine that could very well turn out to be a modern-day legend. The 2008 is a huge, towering wine packed with dark fruit, licorice, tar, asphalt and licorice. Layers of perfume are woven throughout this majestic effort. The 2008 should only be purchased by the very patient, but it is a legendary wine in the making. Anticipated maturity: 2028-2043. (AG) 98+
Randy Dunn’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain has always bean a real beast. The product of a year in which a spring frost decimated yields, the 2008 boasts massive fruit and overall intensity to the point the tannins are nearly buried. The flavors remain incredibly primary, with very little in the way of aromatic development, but, at the same time, I am happy to report readers will not have to wait another decade-plus to enjoy the 2008, as I had originally thought. Little by little Dunn's 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is coming together. (AG)
Saturated medium ruby. Lovely violet lift to the aromas of blackberry, licorice, spice cake and minerals, plus a hint of Band-Aid. Slightly wild but fine-grained and smooth, showing lovely inner-mouth energy and lift to its dark fruit flavors. A bit leathery and sauvage but less austere and backward than a bottle of the same wine I tasted the next day as part of my vertical tasting at Dunn. Finishes with sneaky rising length and rather suave, nicely integrated tannins. (ST, for Vinous)
Firm, rich and concentrated, this offers tight tannins enriched by loamy earth. Dried currant, spice, floral and underbrush flavors impart a savory profile. Should benefit from cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2024. (JL)
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