Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain 2002
Bright, dark red; not hugely saturated. Briary blueberry, black raspberry, menthol, bitter chocolate and herbs on the nose, with a warmer note of strawberry liqueur emerging with air. Very dense, thick and sweet; the most liqueur-like Dunn Howell Mountain to this point, reflecting the wine's highest alcohol to date. With its rich, deep flavors of plum, raspberry, tobacco and toffee, this is the most Pomerol-like of these vintages, finishing very long, with broad, substantial, palate-saturating tannins but no hard edges. In its flesh and palate presence this is very much a creature of its vintage. My original note on this wine says that Randy Dunn increased his percentage of new oak from 50% to 67% with this vintage, and that may partly explain the wine's sweetness. I suspect Dunn views this vintage as an outlier.