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    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California


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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 95 James Suckling, 94 Vinous / Antonio Galloni, 93 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 13.8%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 107432

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Very, very concentrated, with a formidable core of black currant and blackberry fruit. Bone dry but with that subtle impression of sweetness that comes from ripe Cabernet. Dried mushroom tones contribute an appetizing, savory component and there's also a trace of black licorice. The tannins are fine-grained and supple, with an impression of chewiness fleshing out the aftertaste. The vivid flavors of the finish suggest a terrific future.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Loads of smoky meat, spice, dark fruit, licorice and slate. Full body with chewy tannins and fresh finish. Intense mineral character, with white pepper. Powerful and rich yet so savory. Just softening now.

    95 Points
    James Suckling

    The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a huge, powerful wine that is starting to show the very earliest signs of development. An exotic melange of smoke, tar, camphor and licorice leads to expressive, fleshy fruit as the 2005 opens up in the glass. Hints of tobacco, leather, licorice and spices are layered into the finish. This is a gorgeous wine with lovely mid-palate presence and fleshiness. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.

    94 Points
    Vinous / Antonio Galloni

    Deep red-ruby. Complex nose melds cassis, violet, licorice, musky game, black tea and black olive. Denser than the Napa Valley offering but tighter today, with its sweetness currently under wraps. But this serious, backward wine turns sweeter on the back end, finishing with broad, dusty tannins, an intriguing note of tobacco and sneaky length. Structured for a slow evolution in bottle but even today this is not especially austere.

    93 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    User Reviews:

    Ron Blachman (6/11/2014)
    The first impression is made by the annoying hard-wax-dip on the neck and cork. This stuff is hard to open and messy and of questionable value, I avoid such closures in brick and mortar stores. Once the wax is off the cork is long, fine grained and of best quality, calling further into question the need for the annoying wax capsule. The wine is deep garnet with a bit of "onion-skin" at the meniscus suggesting barrel age (controlled oxygenation). Full bodied, even the legs are strongly colored! The nose does not impress, it is smallish; with an hour or two of air it comes up a bit and is complex and deep-toned with hints of berries, licorice, coffee, dried fruit. I can't get past the smallness of the nose, though. On the palate this is a superb wine! Big and mouth filling the acid and tannins have reacted with oxygen to produce a big, smooth beauty and there is abundant fruit (not sweetness, fruit) and no sharpness or astringency. We smell aromas entering through both our nostrils and our mouth and there is a bigger olfactory sensation once this wine is on the palate. The wine is enormous, concentrated and completely mature. It will drink well for a few years from now (june 2014) but it will not improve and will become flabby by the early 2020s. It is a near great wine and, at the price it should be. I can get by the irritating capsule but the small nose is a shortcoming.
    wine hog (11/10/2012)
    excellent wine. get the biggest steak possible and another bottle.

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