2013 Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1275773

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  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    10/14/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Dunn Vineyards has long been a personal favorite wine for me. From the first time I tasted the wine about 15 years ago I was wildly intrigued by how a wine could be so hardly tannic yet so enjoyable at the same time. How you could have a bushel of earthy, foresty, mushroomy intensity but still a wealth of ripe, rich fruit. How a wine could be so monolithic, yet so captivating while it was in its youth. All of this still applies to Dunn to this day, and the 2013 vintage is no exception. In fact, this may be the most enjoyable young Dunn wine I’ve had since the 2008. The first time I had this was at the winery, back in May, on a larger Napa Valley trip where we visited some of the greats (Dominus, Heitz, Spottswoode, to name a few) and if it were not for the supernova of a wine that is the 2013 Dominus, this would be right up there in the top two or three Cabernets we tasted--along with Dunn’s 2013 Trailer Vineyard Cab, which we can talk about some other time. A stunning wine for your cellar that will reward all the patience you are able to pay into it.
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    10/13/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Dunn has been a "cult" wine in the best ways over the past few years - it's a must-have release from any great vintage and has a remarkably devoted following. However, it still doesn't carry the ultra-premium price of the other "cult" status wines Napa. And sure, Dunn's prices are up a bit this year, but considering this cuvee will stand toe-to-toe with most wines at double this pricepoint, it still manages to deliver a ton of value. <br><br> The striking thing about the 2013 Napa Cab is the concentration and depth - from most vintages this is of the quality that you tend to associate with the Howell Mountain cuvee. The wine is almost thick, but there's waves of flavor and acidity propping the whole thing up. Amazingly, this is at another level for Dunn...and that's saying a lot for the heights that most vintages reach.
  • Brian Allie
    By: Brian Allie
    10/12/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    What a memorable treat it was to taste this at Dunn! This wine has an incredible earthy quality, with lovely, well integrated black fruit. It is clearly a labor of love for the producers. I will definitely lay a few bottles of this down in my cellar, and enjoy it in a few years!
  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    10/12/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    During our most recent Napa tasting trip, we tasted well over a hundred wines, but the 2013 Dunn Napa Valley Cab distinctly sticks out in my memory as one of the top ten wines we tasted. It's easy for all the wines to start blurring together when you taste that many, but when you taste a wine as good as the Dunn Napa Valley, it's impossible to forget. While the nose was slightly shocked (from just being bottled), the palate was full of dense, rich purple fruit and gobs of spice and fresh tobacco. What surprised me the most was despite how young this Cab is, the earthy, spicy finish just kept lingering.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    10/10/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Splendid bottling from Dunn in a remarkable vintage. The nose is spectacular - earthy, sweet, a tinge of green pepper. The tannin structure is robust, but somehow forgiving - surprisingly approachable, but utterly and completely mouth-filling. There is a bountiful selection of dark fruits, dominated by cassis and blackberry and complemented by a more savory graphite note hinting at the greatness to come after many quiet years in the cellar. It will be tempting to drink this now (and you should definitely try one, 'cause it's amazingly drinkable) but the patient will get their reward.

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