1996 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • WA 94
  • WS 91
  • IWC 91

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2000
The opaque blue/purple-colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa boasts an exceptional nose of creme de cassis minerals and spice. It takes at least a decade for wines such as this to begin to reveal more identity and vintage... The opaque blue/purple-colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa boasts an exceptional nose of creme de cassis minerals and spice. It takes at least a decade for wines such as this to begin to reveal more identity and vintage character. The cassis/blackberry liqueur-like fruit are present as are mouthsearing levels of tannin and impressive extract. This blockbuster should be at its peak between 2010-2040. If Godzilla drank California Cabernet Sauvignon would there be any doubt as to what choice it would be? Anyone who has regularly tasted Randy Dunn's Cabernet Sauvignons (first produced in 1979) realizes several things. They all possess the following characteristics: (1) remarkable color and richness (2) massive personalities with huge tannic structures (3) gorgeous purity and unreal aging potential. Last year I reported on a tasting where all of Dunn's top wines back through the 1982 vintage were served. Remarkably they had hardly budged in development yet they were still exceptionally rich in their pure creme de cassis black raspberry and blackberry fruit notes. 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.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 1999
Tightly wound with firm crisp tannins wrapped around a core of currant black cherry wild berry cedar anise sage and spice. Finishes with enough tannin to merit short-term cellaring. Best from 2002 through 2010. 2000 cases... Tightly wound with firm crisp tannins wrapped around a core of currant black cherry wild berry cedar anise sage and spice. Finishes with enough tannin to merit short-term cellaring. Best from 2002 through 2010. 2000 cases made. (JL)
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2000
Full ruby-red. Superripe aromas of currant loam smoke roast coffee and tobacco. Lush and silky in texture but not yet showing its complexity due to an edge of acidity. More red than black fruit flavors. Doesn't have quite... Full ruby-red. Superripe aromas of currant loam smoke roast coffee and tobacco. Lush and silky in texture but not yet showing its complexity due to an edge of acidity. More red than black fruit flavors. Doesn't have quite the consistent ripeness of the '97 but the tannins are ripe and the flavors quite persistent.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1996

Winery

Dunn

Dunn Vineyards is a celebrated family-owned and operated estate in Howell Mountain, a subregion of the Napa Valley AVA. In 1979, Randy Dunn and his wife Lori moved with their son Mike into a home on the outskirts of the quiet town of Angwin. While the valley floor inspired farmers to plant vineyards and make wine, Howell Mountain captured Randy’s heart.

From these mountain vineyards, the Dunn family made its mark on the wine industry, and the land in turn made its mark on the family. They now own over 200 acres of land, 35 acres of which are planted to vines - 29 acres to Cabernet Sauvignon, and a small parcel for Mike Dunn’s Petite Sirah, released under the Retro Cellars label. Another 63 forested acres are entrusted to the Napa Valley Land Trust. The Dunn’s continue to produce two of the best regional examples of Cabernet Sauvignon, one from Howell Mountain and one from Napa Valley.