1998 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (soiled label, cracked & oxidized capsule) SKU #996167

Price: $119.99

CG 90 ST 90 RP 88-90
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Tasting Notes

90(+?) points Stephen Tanzer: "Bright ruby. Cassis, minerals and mint on the nose. Very tight and a bit musclebound, but the flavors of darkest berries and licorice are vibrant and pristine. Juicy, firmly tannic and quite long, with miraculously little greenness for a mountain cabernet in '98. Very unevolved today. My bottle showed more thickness with extended aeration. Randy Dunn dropped nearly half of his fruit in order to get the rest ripe in '98, and has produced highly successful cabernets in the context of the vintage." (11/01) 90 points Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines: "Adhering to the tougher lines, firm structure and tannic frame that collectively typify Dunn's Howell Mountain Cabernets, this very young, deeply cast offering still manages to reveal plenty of tightly wound varietal fruit. A bit more obvious, however, are the rich loam and earth and mineral qualities that lend the wine considerable complexity. Its tannins may be a little confining just now, but there is little about the wine that is out of proportion, and, if not among the flashiest of Cabernets, it may well be one of the longest lived." (12/02)


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