AG 93 Pts - According to Antonio Galloni - 93+ points. Dark red cherries, plums, menthol, tobacco, new leather and spices are some of the notes that inform the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. Hints of lavender and licorice develop in the glass as the wine gradually opens up. In 2011, the Howell Mountain Cabernet offers plenty of depth and resonance, but the tannins are quite tamed by Dunn standards, making it a delicious wine to drink earlier than other recent vintages. Randy Dunn's 2011s are surprisingly open, supple and expressive at this stage. Dunn describes 2011 as a year in which the spring frost took with it a considerable amount of the crop. Even though yields are low, the 2011s speak much more to finesse than power. This is a rare vintage that holds considerable early and medium-term appeal, which as Dunn fans know, is a bit unusual for this typically tannic, structured Cabernets.