Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

1999 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Bottle Notes

Dunn Vineyards is located east of St. Helena in the town of Angwin on Howell Mountain. The Winery was established in 1979, with the first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. In 1981, the first release consisted of 660 cases of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Howell Mountain vineyards. In 1982, Dunn released a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dunn is one of the iconic producers of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. Randy Dunn, to his credit, has held steadfast in how he produces and prices his wines. The wines are exceptionally long-lived and are truly a throwback to a different era in Napa Valley. Favorable press in the last several years from Antonio Galloni of Vinuous has put a well-deserved spotlight back on the winery.

I decanted this bottle for about 90 minutes.

Violet in color with some bricking at the edge of the glass. 13.3% ABV. Stunning nose of red fruits, leather, cigar box and graphite. Supremely structured and powerful with a shroud of tannins on the palate. Flavors of cherries, currants and a healthy dose of cassis. Extraordinary finish with polished tannins. Classic old school Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that is in a great place as it approaches 20 years of age. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Current vintages of Dunn Napa Valley should cost around $85. The wine is readily available at retail and a great value at the price point.

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