The cork crumbled to sawdust despite my many efforts to extract it. However, the wine wasn't overly oxidized. I was surprised by its resiliency and vibrant bouquet. However, I just wasn't a fan of the tar, soil, vegetable, herbal, smoke type flavors. Not enough fruit for me, but that's just a personal preference. This was my first bottle of Dunn. Compared to an older Joseph Phelps or Dalla Valle, I didn't care for this one.
Color is medium-deep ruby with only slight bricking appropriate for age; intense nose with blackcurrant, still very primary, slight underlying vegetal to give it great complexity, very slight mint; palate has juicy black fruits, structured throughout but not overly so, not drying at all, fabulous balanced acidity throughout, persistent flavor throughout the palate, slight mint to give it great freshness; finish is medium-long (1+ minute) with great black fruit. This is a superb classic-styled California cabernet, already exquisite and enjoyable but very youthful (very primary still) and with a lot of future development ahead. No indication that it's going over the hill at all. Already 95-96+ (95 is conservative) with higher scores (97+) possible in the future. 2 hrs air: Qualitatively very similar without much evolution.
Drank during a friends dinner which I arranged as a blind tasting along side 3 other 1993 Bordeaux type wines. Leoville Barton, Ridge Monte Bello and Dunn. Ridge was clearly the one with a more perfumed bouquet, Leoville one a traditional leather/earthy style, and Dunn vary waxy, my wife even suggested a band-aid like smell. However, even though on the mouth the wines were pretty comparable - none of them suggesting any thing of tireness - quite the opposite, very young at 21 years of age. The French one the more mature. Out of the 6 people on the table Dunn got the 3 votes, 2 for Leoville and 1 for Ridge, being this one the highest scoring wine by the critics. Everyone was amazed by Dunn being CS only could show so much complexity and taste as compared to the two blended ones. Great wine, too bad this was the only bottle.
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(Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley) Group's #3 (my #3) – 34 pts.; 2, 1, 3, 2 – dark red violet color; nice leather, tart plum and truffle nose; tasty, maturing, tart cherry, cassis, tart red fruit, tart plum, mineral palate with leather edges; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.