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1987 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #900663 97 points Wine Spectator

 A powerful, young wine, even at age 10. Dark, ripe, intense and deeply concentrated, this one is years from peaking. Packed with a rich, earthy core of currant, mineral, anise, sage and cedar. Quite tannic in this tasting, the fruit poured through on the finish. (JL)  (12/1997)

96 points Vinous

 One of the most gracious and polished wines in this tasting, the 1987 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is laced with bright red berries, spices, licorice, tobacco and smoke. The flavors remain lively throughout, but the wine's mid-weight structure suggests it is best enjoyed over the next 10-15 years. What a beautiful and unexpected surprise the 1987 has turned out to be. (AG)  (2/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The massive 1987 Cabernet Sauvignon-Howell Mountain is super-rich, extremely tannic, and very long. (RP)  (10/1993)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full medium ruby. Blackberry, cassis, cracked pepper, minerals, maple syrup and tar on the nose. Smooth but powerful in the mouth, with dark berry and mineral flavors enlivened by excellent vinosity. A dense, highly aromatic wine with terrific verve. Finishes with powerful but sweet tannins and palate-staining dark berry flavors. (ST)  (10/2002)

K&L Notes

93 points Stephen Tanzer: "Bright, dark, healthy red. Distinctly dark aromas of kirsch, blackberry, raspberry, menthol and licorice, complicated by a mocha nuance and lifted by a mineral component. At once silky and penetrating, conveying a medicinal cast along with sexy sweetness to its intense, fresh dark fruit, spice, herb, mocha and mineral flavors. Here the tannins are sweeter and very well integrated but a bit dustier than those of the '86, even if the wine's distinctly youthful fruit outlasts the tannins on the aftertaste. A very refined and satisfying Cabernet with a sophisticated texture and terrific breadth. Finishes classically dry." (Vinous, 08/2018)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.