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Dunn Vineyards

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2014 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Howell Mountain) 94

Tannic, tight and demanding time, but it should be worth the wait, for all that ripe cassis, blackberry and lead pencil. Powerful, intense, and fresh with a crisp bite of mountain Cabernet Sauvignon in the endnote.

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2014 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 92

Tightly wound and tannic, the wine is full bodied and on the bright, crisp, crunchy side, with an earthy, dark, red berry character.

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2011 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Howell Mountain) 91

Clearly the most forward vintage of Dunn Howell I have ever tasted. Approachable, with a creme de cassis, thyme, smoke and cherry character, the wine is medium/full-bodied, soft, round and with an hour or so of decanting, ready to go.

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Sweet and tart, bright, crisp and crunchy dark red fruits with tannins that need time to develop. At least at the time of the tasting, the wine was more interesting on its earthy nose, than on the palate. With Howell Mountain fruit and Randy Dunn, time will tell.

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2010 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Howell Mountain) 93

Full bodied, dense, powerful, masculine, structured and firm, this tannic, strict wine, with its layers of ripe, black mountain fruits, should reach maturity before I do. But we are both going to take a long time to develop.

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2009 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Howell Mountain) 92

Incense, forest floor, blueberry and blackberry aromatics open top a big, tannic, polished, California Cabernet Sauvignon with a soft, polished red, cherry finish. This will mature faster than most of the previous vintages of Dunn, which seem to require decades to come around.

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1998 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Howell Mountain) 83

Oak, cassis, earth,wet leafy aromas led to a full bodied wine that finished with austere, tart fruit. Still tannin, there was no joy in mudville. This hard wine offered little pleasure

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1997 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 90

Better on the earthy, stone, cherry and tobacco nose, than on the firm, cassis and fresh, ripe, red berry filled palate. This is a masculine, almost austere styled wine that some tasters will definitely like more than others.

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1997 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Howell Mountain) 92

Still tight, the wine needs time. Even with air, decanting and coaxing, meaning all three actions taking place at once, the wine was still tannic. If you like big, powerful, tannic, concentrated, dense wines, with fruit, structure and a masculine quality, this is going to fit the bill. The wine ends with a fresh, olive, cassis and peppery finish.

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1995 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 87

Earthy smoke, herbs, green leaf and pepper on the nose, the wine is stern, masculine and tannic with a tough bracing spine. The wine finished with length but without charm.

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1994 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Howell Mountain) 89

Bright, chewy, tannic, OK, make that very tannic, this massive wine is not much fun to drink. Perhaps it just needs another 20 years. Well made, but not my style and I don’t have 20 more years to spare.

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1993 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Howell Mountain) 85

Tight, tannic, green, hard and lacking in charm, I'm not sure where this California Cabernet wine is going. My only hope is, it gets there before I do as I'd prefer to drink something else.

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1986 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 89

Tobacco, leaf, earth, ash, herb and red cherry notes make up the perfume. The wine is on the austere, tannic style range, ending with a dry, red berry and green olive finish. This leaner, low alcohol style of California Cabernet Sauvignon will please those tasters who feel the wines made prior to 1990 in the Gloden State were the golden age of California wine. For me, it was just not much fun to drink.

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With its tobacco, smoke, cherry, olive and cassis aromatics, it reminded me of a Bordeaux. Powerful, full bodied and with some tannin to resolve, this is a good example of classic, California Cabernet Sauvignon.

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1982 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Howell Mountain) 88

On the bright side, this tasted much younger than expected. On the other side, while powerful, the wine was tart, with an olive accent to the fruit and a dusty, tannic, crisp, bright, cassis and cranberry finish. Other tasters liked this more than I did.

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