2001 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1012707 98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is flat-out stunning. That's the good news. The not so good news is that it remains very, very young! Apparently, the three years Randy Dunn gave the 2001 in barrel were not enough. Dark, powerful and brooding, the 2001 is an especially somber wine packed with dark fruit, gravel, spice and menthol accents. This is the sort of wine that make you hope actuarial tables are on your side! Quite frankly, the 2001 might need another decade to be at its best, but I am hopeful five might be enough. It is without question one of the wines of the vintage. Vineyard sources in 2001 were Trailer, Frank and Park Muscatine. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

95 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark More seriously endowed, powerful and still broodingly backward, but loaded with upside potential, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain reveals gorgeous blueberry liqueur, crushed rock and blackberry liqueur characteristics. This big, mountain-styled 2001 exhibits lots of structure, tannin, density and powerful flavors. Still youthful, vibrant and masculine, it needs 4-5 more years of cellaring and should last for 25-30+ years thereafter. (RP) Inner quote mark (5/2011)

K&L Notes

97 points Stephen Tanzer for Vinous: "Deep aromas of plum, mocha, iodine, loam, licorice, brown spices and graphite, accented by a hint of black pepper. Wonderfully juicy and light on its feet, conveying intriguing dark fruit, spice and saline mineral intensity and outstanding thrust. This wonderfully penetrating wine is still a baby. Finishes with firm but suave tannins and outstanding slowly building length. This wonderfully complete, classy wine boasts powerful structure and strong salinity and actually went into a shell in the glass. It should still be held for several years and it should go on for decades." (6/2020)

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