Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2002 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.

I decanted this bottle for one hour and served it with pan fried, breaded pork chops.

Crimson in color with some bricking at the edge of the glass. 13.8% ABV. Stunning nose of black fruits, cigar box, saddle leather and wet leaves. Tremendous structure, concentration and acidity. Packed with rustic fruits. Currants, plums, cassis and tobacco on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish with prominent, gritty tannins. Old school Cabernet Sauvigon from a classic producer that is aging well. I have a single bottle left that I will open at age 25 in 2027.

My rating: 95 points.

Current vintages of Dunn Napa Valley should cost around $100. The wine is not easy to find at retail but is definitely worth the search.

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