2003 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Rich with surprisingly soft tannin, this dense plum/ruby/purple-colored 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits lots of briary mountain fruit, blackberries, blueberries and cassis, outstanding purity, full-bodied power and nicely integrated tannin. There is no evidence of toasty oak to be found in this beauty from Randy Dunn. Drink it now or cellar it for 15+ years. It finished at 13.8% natural alcohol. (RP)
Fabulous aromas of blackberries, blueberries, and black licorice. Full body, firm and juicy with lots of savory, salty character. A smoky, spicy and delicious wine. Just drinking well now. Wonderful red.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Very tight and high-pitched on the nose, hinting at cassis, minerals and graphite.Then lush, sweet and impressively concentrated, with densely packed flavors of kirsch, currant and minerals and noteworthy inner-palate energy. Finer-grained than the Napa bottling, with better integration of acids and tannins. Finishes sappy and very long, with a chewy, palate-staining texture.This has delivered on the promise it showed from barrel. (ST)
Although none of the Dunn Howell Mountain bottlings will be accused of being soft-centered and sloppy, this tightly bound youngster is a bit stiffer than either of its mates and is firmed up by puckery tannins early on. That said, it is never abrasive or dry, and it comes with a full measure of solid, blackcurrant Cabernet fruit that hangs on impressively at the end. Time is an absolute must here, and six to ten years seems a minimum wait before it rounds into its best form.