A wine with wonderful sweet tobacco, and berry, spice and green olive. Full body, with lovely chewy tannins. Balanced and beautiful. Drink or hold.
Dunn's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is loaded with blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, asphalt, melted road tar and smoke. A dark, juicy wine, the 2009 is surprisingly open for a young Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon. In this vintage, Dunn's Lake Vineyard, the last parcel on the property to ripen, accounts for nearly 50% of the blend. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029. Randy Dunn's two 2009s are quite different from each other in this vintage, something that isn't always the case. That's good news for Dunn fans, as the 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the estate's few recent releases that won't take ages to be accessible. (AG)
Bright ruby-red. Musky black raspberry, mocha, cola, leather and game on the rather wild nose and palate, perked up by a peppery note. Nicely concentrated, juicy and supple, with plenty of early sex appeal, especially for the leather crowd. Finishes with substantial dusty, sweet tannins and very good subtle persistence. (ST) 91+
A little less forceful and never quite so well-filled as its striking cellarmate from Howell Mountain above, this decidedly sturdy, tannin-framed effort is more about structure than style. Its early reach for richness is parried by toughness, yet it gamely hangs on to just enough fruit to warrant patience. How much it will smooth out over time and the degree to which its essential fruit will emerge are questions that will be only answered with age, but some of each is sure to occur, and, in the end, the wine has the sure footing to improve.
The aromas of cedar, blackberry, pencil lead and graphite are tightly wound, well-structured and firmly tannic, ending on a graceful note. Delivers structure and tightness, with ample room to grow. (JL)
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