Yesterday afternoon Renee and I attended a very special VIP Tasting hosted by Reggie Narito (Master Sommelier) and The Estates Group, prior to Youngs Market’s major holiday trade tasting at the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento. We speed tasted through 13 Champagne and another 20+ very high profile wines including Super Star and cutting edge wineries like San Guido (Sassicaia), Tenuta di Biserno, Pahlmeyer, Dancing Hares (Beckstoffer), Rhys, Resonance, E. Guigal, and Kathyrn Hall. No slouches here and all were very good, but I was not blown away until the very last red showed them all up! Yes! The original Napa Valley cult darling 2014 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon completely stoled the show!! Powerful and dramatic! Rich with tremendous fruit intensity. Expansive and mouth filling. Balanced by firm, but integrated tannins that were not obtrusive to the wine’s enjoyment now. This was always the knock on Dunn Howell Mountain…..that is, how long one must wait for the brash tannins to resolve before and enjoyable drink evolves? Hell yes, this wine will still easily age 20+ years, but I am ready to sit down with a bottle now for an upcoming cold winter night.
The wine is in extremely limited supply. The VIP Tasting in SF the day earlier wiped out most of the available stock. However, we were able to secure 5 cases arriving this Friday. A few more things to know and remember; this is the “trophy” waxed dipped capsule rendition. The wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 32 month in all new French oak. Ratings: Antonio Galloni – 96 points (Vinous), and Robert Parker/Wine Advocate 95 points (see notes below).
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain has an incredibly evocative nose of crème de cassis, plum preserves and fresh wild blueberries with touches of chocolate mints, tilled soil, yeast extract, chargrill and scorched earth. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with fresh, crunchy black fruit, framed by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long with bags of energy. 2018-2038” – 95 points, Wine Advocate (June 29, 2018)