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1985 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1280019 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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