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2013 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1292510 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The blue-fruit and floral character are phenomenal here with hints of lavender and violets in addition to walnuts. Full-bodied, yet tight and reserved with extremely polished fruit and chewy tannins. Love the austerity. Tension. Inner quote mark (1/2018)

98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a towering majestic wine. Rich, powerful and yet massively tannic, the 2013 possesses a stunning combination of super-ripe fruit, bright acids and plenty of supporting structure. In the early going, the Howell Mountain is a bit reticent, especially next to the Trailer, but after several hours, the vibrancy of the Howell Mountain bottling dazzles. Dunn's Howell Mountain Cabernet is without question one of the wines of the great 2013 vintage. Randy and Mike Dunn's 2013s are off the charts. (AG) 98+ Inner quote mark (12/2016)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, rich earth, spice and liquorice are followed by a palate of striking persistence and structural amplitude. In 2013 this is typically large-scaled, fresh and built for the long haul, but Mike Dunn’s thoughtful changes to the estate’s barrel programme have resulted in more refined tannins. Brettanomyces issues that plagued the Dunn wines about 15 years ago also seem long gone, so nothing should compromise their lovely evolution in the cellar. (WK) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a little closed at this stage, offering glimpses at fresh blackcurrants, blackberry pie and crushed black plums with nuances of cedar chest, underbrush, black truffles, charcuterie and espresso. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in the muscular fruit, with very firm, ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long with many expressive earth layers. (LPB) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Dark red-ruby. Black fruits, cocoa nibs and licorice on the very primary nose. Thick, dense and sappy, conveying a bulletproof impression to its hugely concentrated flavors of black plum, licorice, minerals and bitter chocolate. This remarkable if brooding and almost painfully primary wine tastes like a barrel sample today yet it possesses the inherent balance to give pleasure sooner than some other recent vintages of Dunn Howell Mountain. Best today on the explosive finish, where the substantial, late-arriving, utterly palate-drenching tannins are totally cushioned by the wine's fruit extract. I did not taste this bottle next to the 2014 but my impression is that it's plusher and even deeper. An incredible Cabernet in the making, with the energy for a very long life in bottle. Still, I give the '10 a slight edge for its complexity and sweetness. With aeration, this wine tightened up considerably and showed even more power and spine. (ST) 96+ Inner quote mark (8/2018)

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