2014 is the most underrated Napa vintage of the decade. Having been sandwiched in between two highly lauded, and successful campaigns, the '14s never took off like they should have. The reality is that 2014 was an incredible year - perhaps there was just too much noise surrounding the neighboring vintages - and Dunn's Howell Mountain bottling is a shining example of the heights that the vintage quietly achieved.
Sourced from fruit grow at 1400 feet elevation this wine shows a sense of the mountain. 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. Great now but will only get better over the next decade.