2010 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1140361 94 points Vinous

 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. (AG) 94+  (11/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa exhibits classic notes of crème de cassis and forest floor in a rich, chocolaty, well-made, pure style. Dunn is famous for watering back the alcohol levels after picking very ripe, but this wine is beautifully balanced with sweet tannin as well as lots of blue and black fruits that handsomely reflect Napa’s strength with this varietal. Drink it over the next 10-15 years as the tannins are slightly more civilized and softer than some of Dunn’s ancient vintages. (RP)  (10/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 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. (ST)  (6/2014)

K&L Notes

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)

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Staff Image By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2013 | Send Email
Bordeaux lovers take note: This serious yet approachable Napa Cabernet will give many top-notch wines from Pauillac or Pessac-Leognan some major competition. This starts with aromas of scorched earth, smoke, cedar and toasty oak before the blackberry and black currant fruit flavors take over in the rich and velvety middle. There are fine, ripe tannins and pencil lead minerality on the lingering and mouth-coating finish which shows perfect tension between grip and elegance. This could be decanted tonight but will cellar very well.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2013 | Send Email
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For the 2010 Napa Valley vintage, the confluence of a long, cool growing season for most of the summer and a late, rather merciless heatwave contributed to many sensuous wines of harmonious brilliance, textural sophistication and great depth. The Dunn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is an uncompromising, serious contender, capable of developing for perhaps two decades, but with the luxurious richness of the deep blackcurrant, brambly and mineral-laden fruit, beautifully finessed by suave, lavish tannins, you don't have to wait very long to enjoy it. Consider it a Dunn deal!

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2013 | Send Email
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Dunn vineyards produces another winner! Lush, full and rich. Red fruits on the nose with touches of minerals and cedar spice. On the palate, dark boysenberry fruit with subdued spices and excellent tannic structure. I had it right after it was freshly opened and this release does not have as much tannin as in past vintages. This being said, it will still age magnificently, like every other Dunn release.

Staff Image By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2013 | Send Email
Another stunner has arrived from Dunn! Out of the glass are complex aromas of leather, blackberries, toasty cedar, and mint. Flavors of cassis, blueberries, black tea, and mocha persist at length, providing great depth. A long, long finish seals the deal and reinforces what many know already: Dunn Vineyards is amazing. Despite being from the newest vintage, it is approachable and drinkable now with decanting. This is a balanced, nuanced, and delectable Cab for the holidays.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9