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The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain offers good density, but in more of a medium-bodied style that is quite a bit more approachable than is the norm here. A whole range of inky Howell Mountain fruit, graphite, grilled herb, licorice, spice, chocolate, and lavender nuances open up in a brooding, resonant Cabernet that needs a few years in bottle to start drinking well. There is plenty of the structure readers have come to expect from Dunn, but less youthful austerity, which is not a bad thing at all.
Tasted from barrel, the 2016 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is still about a year away from bottling, but it is already simply stunning. Gorgeous aromatics of dark cherries, black currants, violets and tobacco are some of the nuances already starting to show in this beauty. Displaying a deep, penetrating mouthfeel, and layers of ripe dark fruits which expand through the long finish. This could be an all-time classic. 96-99