2005 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1044256 96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2005 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is another stellar wine. Almost shockingly opulent, the 2005 is perhaps not the archetype of the Howell Mountain bottling at Dunn, but it is nevertheless fabulous. All our guests enjoyed it, and so did I. This is an especially fine bottle. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2023)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (5/2014)

94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Dense purple in color and still looking like a barrel sample, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain has a nice, cedary, new saddle leather-infused blackcurrant richness, outstanding purity, medium to full body, sweet tannin and a layered, lush texture. The level of concentration is impressive. I don’t think there’s a wine taster that could tell whether this is 13.8% or 15.8% alcohol, given this level of richness. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

K&L Notes

95+ points Stephen Tanzer for Vinous: "Bright, fresh red with ruby tones. Knockout explosive nose melds red berries, tobacco, minerals, loam, gravel, mocha, espresso and camphor; Randy Dunn noted that this was even more Bordeaux-like at the beginning, even a bit herbaceous. Then wonderful silky and fine-grained on the palate, perhaps the second mostly glyceral vintage to this point after the '03. But this very young, backward, even youthfully medicinal wine also boasts terrific energy. Finishes firm and classically dry, with emerging purple fruits suggesting that this splendid wine will ultimately merit an even higher score. The Dunn team routinely does a lot of selection in the vines at harvest time and Dunn noted that "a lot of shot berries also flew out of the crusher in 2005." (5/2018)

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