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May 25, 2016

Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2012

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Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2012
96 Pts Parker

6×75 – £495 IB
£608.98 incl duty and VAT

“If you can find it, it will be certainly worth having” -Parker

Delivery: Late Summer

Today marks the 40 year anniversary of the Judgement of Paris, when Grand Cru wines of Bordeaux were challenged by the leading Napa wineries, putting them firmly on the map. Since then, the leading wines of the Napa Valley have not looked back, boasting numerous vintages which compete and often surpass the best from Bordeaux. None more so than in 2012 and 2013 which are emerging as all-time classics, with parallels being drawn to the 2009 and 2010 vintages in Bordeaux.

Today we have managed to source a parcel of the incredibly rare Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, one of the corner stones of great Napa. In 2012 it has been awarded 96 points by Robert Parker, yet at £495 per case of six bottles, offers some of the best value vs quality in Napa. Of the Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2012 Robert Parker says, ‘If you can find it, it will be certainly worth having, as it flirts with perfection.’

Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain looks particularly compelling against other 96 point wines from the 2012 vintage as the table below demonstrates. This is a superb long ageing Cabernet which offers great value, it is also an attractive investment; the 97 point scoring 2007 which is currently the only other vintage that can be found in the UK, already trades at £1,135 per 6×75.

2012 Points Price IB (6×75)
Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 96 £495
Stags Leap Cask 23 96 £685
Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary 96 £795
Kapcsandy Estate Cuvee State Lane Vineyard 96 £880
Opus One Proprietary Red Wine 96 £960
Screaming Eagle Second Flight 96 £2,480

Randy Dunn, winemaker and founder of Dunn Vineyards, was heavily involved in laying down the groundwork for creating the Howell Mountain AVA, one of Napa’s first sub-appellations. His first vintage in 1979, consisted of a meagre 100 cases. Production has since increased to 2,500 cases per vintage, however, despite the increase, it remains extremely rare and hard to source. As such, due to the high demand and lack of availability on the market, this offer presents a rare opportunity.

Robert Parker, 96 Points  
The stunning 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a 30-year wine. Loads of crème de cassis, blackberry liqueur, licorice, incense and oak jump from the glass of this huge, massive, concentrated and ripe wine that reminds me of some of the early vintages from Michael Dunn’s father, Randy, particularly the 1982 and 1984. This is a beauty of great intensity and purity that should age effortlessly for 25-30+ years. If you can find it, it will be certainly worth having, as it flirts with perfection. 

Antonio Galloni, 95+ Points  
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is one of the most exotic, flamboyant young wines I have ever tasted from Randy and Mike Dunn. Graphite, cherry liqueur, smoke, licorice, plums and crème de cassis, open up in an alluring Cabernet Sauvignon that melds together ripeness and structure. The fruit is distinctly red-toned in 2012, with fewer of the darker notes that are often present in the Howell Cabernet. Pliant and expressive, but with plenty of underlying tannin, the 2012 is shaping up to be a beauty. Best of all, it won’t need decades in the cellar to start drinking well.

To buy this wine please reply to this email or telephone +44 (0)203 195 8055. Offer subject to availability.