2010 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Exotic, aromatic and expressive, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is incredibly beautiful today. Dark cherry, plum, spices, violets and lavender are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. The 2010 is surprisingly accessible for a young wine from Dunn, but it has also only recently been bottled, so I will not be surprised if it shuts down a bit over the next few months. The finish is long, silky and exquisite. In 2010, the Napa Valley is mostly fruit from Dunn's Lake Vineyard, a cold, late-ripening site planted between 2000 and 2002 on a plateau at 1,800 feet, a stone's throw from the winery, so the Napa is essentially all Howell Mountain fruit. Dunn fans won't want to miss the 2010. It is stellar.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(13.9% alcohol): Bright, deep red. Wild, highly aromatic nose combines raspberry, blackberry, coffee, leather and mocha. Broad, ripe and dry, with peppery acidity and a deep spicy character lifting the dried cherry, dark berry and pipe tobacco flavors. Savory and claret-like cabernet with a very long finish featuring fine-grained tannins and subtle notes of leather, black cardamom, black tea and licorice.
The 2010 Napa Cabernet is already a fairly approachable wine, given that the majority of the fruit comes from the Howell Mountain appellation. It is loaded with black currant fruit, laced with aromas of graphite, spice, cedar and mineral hints. The tannins are integrated and quite soft for a wine from Dunn. That being said, this is still a serious Cabernet that could be one of the best wines from the 2010 vintage! (Clyde "Trey" Beffa III, K&L Domestic wine buyer)