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1985 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1280019 94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 1985 Napa Cabernet from Randy Dunn is still a fairly young wine, but it is starting to stir on both the nose and palate and is probably only about five years away from really beginning to drink well. The deep and impressively complex bouquet offers up scents of black cherries, a touch of red currant, cigar smoke, a bit of dried eucalyptus, orange peel, a superb, complex base of soil tones, gentle spice nuances and cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite pure on the attack, with a lovely signature of soil, a firm and still fairly youthful structure, a rock solid core, bright acids and a fair bit of tannin still to resolve on the long and nicely tangy finish. This was hermetically sealed for the first decade and a half of its life, but it is starting to turn the corner and there is going to be some superb long-term drinking in this wine’s not too distant future! Inner quote mark (5/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Intense and concentrated, packed with ripe cassis, cherry and currant flavors that are rich and elegant. The acidity and tannins are crisp and juicy, offering great potential for the cellar. A real mouthful of Cabernet. *Top 100 Wines of 1988, Collectibles* Inner quote mark (9/1988)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Since my barrel tastings, I have never had as much enthusiasm for the 1985 regular bottling and the Howell Mountain. However, both are at least a decade away from maturity, with the Howell Mountain needing an additional 15 years, especially if it has been stored in a cool cellar. Both wines exhibit extremely dark, saturated purple colors, full body, and frightfully high tannin levels. They remain as closed and tightly knit as any Cabernet Sauvignon I have tasted. The Napa bottling was more attractive and easier to understand. The Howell Mountain offers a huge mouthful of highly extracted, sweet, chewy fruit buttressed by a formidable tannin level. These are unquestionably impressive wines that have been built for the long term. In retrospect, it seems to me that Dunn's Cabernets hit the highest peaks in the hottest vintages, such as 1982, 1984 and 1992. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/1995)

K&L Notes

Randy Dunn's pristine Howell Mountain property is planted with 24 acres of Cabernet vines aging between 10-37 years. While this wine leaves no doubt as to its power and longevity, it is also made with a sense of elegance that is notable in its lower alcohol content than most of its contemporaries in similar cult status.

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