2013 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1275773 95 points James Suckling

 A bright and fragrant red with blueberries and blackcurrants. Flowers, too. Full body, super-integrated tannins and a fabulous finish. Seamless and refined. Needs three or four years to soften but already a beauty.  (5/2017)

94 points Vinous

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is a big, unctuous wine with huge fruit that nearly buries the tannins. Dark red cherry, plum, mint, licorice, new leather and spices flesh out in a rich, dense wine endowed with exceptional balance. This is an unusually sweet, almost flamboyant wine from Dunn, and yet all the elements are impeccably balanced. (AG)  (12/2016)

93 points Decanter

 A blend of fruit from Dunn's estate vineyards on Howell Mountain and grapes from elsewhere in the valley with increasing emphasis on the cooler new AVA of Coombsville the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the most open-knit, supple wine in the Dunn stable, bursting with fragrant red and black fruit. (WK)  (5/2016)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2016 | Send Email
Dunn Vineyards has long been a personal favorite wine for me. From the first time I tasted the wine about 15 years ago I was wildly intrigued by how a wine could be so hardly tannic yet so enjoyable at the same time. How you could have a bushel of earthy, foresty, mushroomy intensity but still a wealth of ripe, rich fruit. How a wine could be so monolithic, yet so captivating while it was in its youth. All of this still applies to Dunn to this day, and the 2013 vintage is no exception. In fact, this may be the most enjoyable young Dunn wine I’ve had since the 2008. The first time I had this was at the winery, back in May, on a larger Napa Valley trip where we visited some of the greats (Dominus, Heitz, Spottswoode, to name a few) and if it were not for the supernova of a wine that is the 2013 Dominus, this would be right up there in the top two or three Cabernets we tasted--along with Dunn’s 2013 Trailer Vineyard Cab, which we can talk about some other time. A stunning wine for your cellar that will reward all the patience you are able to pay into it.

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/13/2016 | Send Email
Dunn has been a "cult" wine in the best ways over the past few years - it's a must-have release from any great vintage and has a remarkably devoted following. However, it still doesn't carry the ultra-premium price of the other "cult" status wines Napa. And sure, Dunn's prices are up a bit this year, but considering this cuvee will stand toe-to-toe with most wines at double this pricepoint, it still manages to deliver a ton of value.

The striking thing about the 2013 Napa Cab is the concentration and depth - from most vintages this is of the quality that you tend to associate with the Howell Mountain cuvee. The wine is almost thick, but there's waves of flavor and acidity propping the whole thing up. Amazingly, this is at another level for Dunn...and that's saying a lot for the heights that most vintages reach.

Staff Image By: Brian Allie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2016 | Send Email
What a memorable treat it was to taste this at Dunn! This wine has an incredible earthy quality, with lovely, well integrated black fruit. It is clearly a labor of love for the producers. I will definitely lay a few bottles of this down in my cellar, and enjoy it in a few years!

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2016 | Send Email
During our most recent Napa tasting trip, we tasted well over a hundred wines, but the 2013 Dunn Napa Valley Cab distinctly sticks out in my memory as one of the top ten wines we tasted. It's easy for all the wines to start blurring together when you taste that many, but when you taste a wine as good as the Dunn Napa Valley, it's impossible to forget. While the nose was slightly shocked (from just being bottled), the palate was full of dense, rich purple fruit and gobs of spice and fresh tobacco. What surprised me the most was despite how young this Cab is, the earthy, spicy finish just kept lingering.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2016 | Send Email
Splendid bottling from Dunn in a remarkable vintage. The nose is spectacular - earthy, sweet, a tinge of green pepper. The tannin structure is robust, but somehow forgiving - surprisingly approachable, but utterly and completely mouth-filling. There is a bountiful selection of dark fruits, dominated by cassis and blackberry and complemented by a more savory graphite note hinting at the greatness to come after many quiet years in the cellar. It will be tempting to drink this now (and you should definitely try one, 'cause it's amazingly drinkable) but the patient will get their reward.

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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.