Reticent but promising blackberry and black currant fruit as well as licorice aromas jump from the glass of this inky/purple-colored 2004. Rich and broad with sweeter tannins than one expects in a ten-year-old Dunn Cabernet, it reveals impressive richness, power and purity, but is still an adolescent in terms of its evolution. Slightly more evolved than the Dunn Cabernets of the early and mid-1980s, it can be drunk now or cellared for another 20-25 years. (RP)
(14% alcohol): Bright, youthful medium ruby. Vibrant aromas of cassis, black raspberry, cherry pit and bitter chocolate are complicated by hints of leather and pipe tobacco. Very suave and fine-grained but youthfully withdrawn, with the dark berry, bitter cherry, licorice, chewing tobacco and leather flavors carrying through the palate. An intriguing suggestion of floral oils adds another dimension. Boasts wonderful finesse to its strong but talc-like tannins. 93+ Points
Elements of loamy soil, leather, dark chocolate and forest-floor spice sit to the side of extracted, ripe-currant fruit in both the aromas and flavors of this tannin-bound working, and, even if rich and very well filled, the wine is still one for hiding away in the cellar. It is tight and tough as young, mountain Cabernet is wont to be, yet its balance and sense of proportion are those that we look for in an ageworthy wine. Give it another seven or eight years and do not be surprised if it improves well beyond ten or fifteen.
Taut tannins, pert fruit, a bit of coffee scent, a touch of green, dense and brooding. Not giving much away – needs more time, or is this going to be perennially tight? (RH)
Dark, intense and concentrated, with a gamy, earthy streak running through the dried currant, sage and herbal notes. Balanced, with firm, chewy tannins. Best to cellar. Best from 2011 through 2020. (JL)
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