There are few wineries in the world that are surrounded by true individuality, authenticity and originality like Dunn Vineyards.
Located in the Napa Valley appellation east of St. Helena on Howell Mountain in the town of Angwin, the estate was established with the first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes by Randy and Lori Dunn in 1979. At that time Randy was still winemaker at Caymus Vineyards.
After a healthy evolution, Dunn Vineyards produces about 5000 cases of their two labels, “Howell Mountain” and “Napa Valley” (both 100% Cabernet Sauvignon), at present.
In 2000, Mike Dunn, Randy´s son, joined the winemaking and took over more responsibilities over the years to be in full charge of winemaking today.
While the “Howell Mountain” Cabernet always contains 100% Howell Mountain fruit, the “Napa Valley” wines usually include little Napa Valley floor fruit (~15%) with the remainder of the fruit coming from Howell Mountain. In recent vintages the “Napa Valley” was often made from 100% Napa Valley fruit as well.
The wines are famous for their ageing potential and moderate alcohol levels.
This is already our third full tasting note of a Dunn wine in this Blog.
Bottle and cork of our 1986 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon are in perfect condition. 13% alc.
Velvet to Dark, Blood-red and vital, but decent brightening.
Integrated, finely spun, almost homogeneous aromatics Fresh Red Fruit with Red Currant, Cedar and Raspberry (!) Decent Stewed Fruit.
Ashes and Forrest Floor plus inviting Herbs (Sage!), Florals (Violets) and Dark Chocolate.
Little Vanilla and Minty Freshness.
Reluctant and elegant, but highly complex and intriguing!
Harmonious, round and with Darker Fruit on the palate with Ripe, Dark Berries and Fruit in Rum. Mocha, Earthiness and Dark Chocolate.
Fresh and smooth mouthfeel with ultra-fine acidity and little, easy tannins.
Finishes medium-long with decent Bitterness (Crushed Peach Stone), drive, Ripe Fruit and Anise spiciness.
Vitality, amazing elegance and complexity!
Medium-bodied, alive and fresh, but fully integrated wine showing impressively what Old School Napa Valley Cabernet is capable of – after 28 years!
There are no bold, excessive attributes, no screaming for attention, but sophistication and silent fascination in a great wine!