2006 Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is quite a bit richer than the 2005 tasted alongside it. The 2006 shows gorgeous depth as it opens up in the glass. Dark fruit, licorice, smoke and tar are some of the notes that flesh out in this broad-shouldered Cabernet Sauvignon. A creamy, textured finish rounds things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep medium ruby. Sexy, inviting aromas of dark berries, licorice pastille, spicecake and leather. Densely packed but light on its feet, with good sweetness and breadth to the black fruit flavors. Distinctly round for a young cabernet from this producer. The broad finish features sweet, dusty tannins and excellent length.
Looking back at the years of stellar reviews of Dunn Napa Valley and Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignons, it comes as no surprise that the 2006 Napa would be this good. Notoriously big (Robert Parker once wrote: "If Godzilla drank California Cabernet Sauvignon, would there be any doubt as to what choice it would be? ... These are obviously more than 20-25 year wines. It is not far-fetched to suggest that Randy Dunn is producing Cabernet Sauvignons that, in top vintages, will be fresh, lively, and rich in fruit at age 50. Unbelievably, Randy Dunn has barely raised his prices in the two decades he has been making wine. For those with patience, these are among the finest values in long-lived, classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.") Classic, elegant, deeply complex and quite structured. Sure, this wine is not inexpensive. Remember, however, the Dunns have resisted the trend of astronomical pricing common among top-notch Napa producers.