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2009 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1111996

Price: $89.99

JS 95 RP 92 ST 91
CG 90
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The 2009 is the much-anticipated followup to the success of the 2008 vintage, which received off-the-charts praise from all the major critics. From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "These are some of the most powerful, age worthy Cabernets being made in Napa Valley today. Dunn is very much an iconoclast who follows his own convictions. Picking is a bit earlier here than elsewhere throughout the valley. Dunn isn't too concerned if stems occasionally make it into the fermenter. A fervent advocate of lower-alcohol wines, Dunn makes no apologies for removing alcohol from his wines if they come in above 14%. Personally, that strikes me as a totally unnecessary intervention, but it's hard to argue with the quality of what is in the bottle, and ultimately that is what counts most. The Napa Valley bottling includes purchased fruit from the valley floor and is typically a slightly more accessible wine, while the Howell Mountain is a much tougher wine that typically demands 20 years to enter its early peak." (AG, 12/2011)

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  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    10/19/2012
    K&L Staff Member
    I'll be honest here...I'm a big fan of Dunn vineyards, particularly of their Howell Mountain appellation. So, it was a great surprise when I tasted this latest release of the Napa (9/25/2012) and was just blown away by it. It is a mouthful of red and black fruits with cedar wood and elegant spice. It was positively fantastic after being open well over eight hours for a second try after closing time here. This bottling is worth every penny and is a shining example of why the Dunn family has been renowned for quality for over 30 years. NEVER overextracted or one-note. PERFECT for everyone...from those of you looking for something of quality to enjoy tonight (decant it for an hour) or for those of you seeking to add to your cellar. It's simply great wine!
  • Michael Jordan
    By: Michael Jordan
    10/2/2012
    K&L Staff Member
    The Dunn's have made great wine for years and now they are getting the publicity and attention they have always deserved. The 2009 Napa is a stunning effort. Bright black and fruit with touches of raspberry nicely balanced with cassis, pepper, mocha, cedar and just a touch of bell pepper. A beautiful minerality zips through the wine. The wine shows great structure and balance. A couple years of aging will help it open up although 3 hours in a decanter and it's ready to go now.
  • Mike Barber
    By: Mike Barber
    10/2/2012
    K&L Staff Member
    A classic Dunn from a great California vintage! While not all from estate fruit, the wine is definitely Dunn style with a muscular structure of oak and tannin and flavors of dark fruit and bell pepper spice. This one is for the cellar and will get better with age!
    Drink from 2015 to 2027

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