October 22, 2021 - Great depth and length. Drinking fantastically.
October 20, 2021 - This wine has come a long way in the past half year! Tons of tobacco, blackberry and leather on the nose. Great tension and balance in the mouth and long finish. Fantastic.
July 22, 2021 - Opaque ruby. Hefty aroma of ripe blackberry and strawberry, herbaceous note, pungent spices, incense smoke, sage, beautifully integrated sweet toasty oak. Maturing leathery and tobacco notes too.
Full body at just 13.9%, soft tannins and cleansing acidity, it is actually quite approchable and elegant. I particularly like the mid palate concentration and the inner tension between ripe fruits, earthy minerality and integrated oak. Not sophiscated but utterly delicious!
A well made Cabernet Sauvignon at reasonable price.
June 21, 2021 - Decanted 5 hours. Wonderful nose of blackcurrant and raspberry with strong tobacco aromas coming through. A lot of tobacco (in a good way). Cedar. Nose jumps out of the glass. On the palate it's concentrated but not too full bodied / bold. Very fresh. Nice fruit and beautiful secondary / tertiary aromas coming forward. Great wine. Saved the last sip all night just to keep smelling the glass.
November 28, 2020 - I hadn't tried this vintage in 2 years, so I was excited to check in and see how this wine was doing. Amazing bouquet of holiday spices, red and black fruits, and secondary cedar/oak notes. After about 30 minutes of decanting, I still pick up tar/black fruit on the palate as I did last time, but things are more integrated and the tar isn't quite so noticeable. Definitely a beguiling set of aromas leading to a very smooth mouthfeel. Lots of fun. Drinking nicely right now. I know, you're supposed to save Dunn wines for like 473 years or something, but honestly I am enjoying this wine a lot right now.
September 24, 2020 - Open and you won’t be disappointed. Clearly many years left. 2014 was a great vintage and every producer’s wine seems to drink well early. Hope my remaining 2 bottles last but suspect they will have a short life.
August 27, 2020 - oops, opened way to early.
Im sure it will be great after the appropriate cellaring
July 11, 2020 - I've never had the Dunn Napa so this was really fun to try. Opened, poured a couple BDX glasses and slow oxed for 4 hours. The color is indigo black with magenta edges. The nose has that signature Dunn cigar box aroma along with dark berries. The palate does a wonderful job of balancing CA deliciousness with structural lift and relative weightlessness. There's layers a plenty of elegant dark fruit, dark chocolate, tobacco leaf, herbs and spice. Alc is a reasonable 13.9% Dunn is a CA treasure and always a top 5 CA Cab producer in my book. I really enjoyed this and may source some more.
March 20, 2020 - Nose: black fruit, cassis, spice, vanilla spice, currant, more old world styled. Intensity is huge but needs lots of time to open. Second day it hits you with concentrated blackberry jam, black cherry cobbler, mocha. Tannins are nice now full body, sweet spice, concentrated black fruit with clove and all spice integration. Fine but intense tannins. Long finish. Made for the medium to long haul. I'd recommend holding for another 3-5 years for it start blooming.
December 29, 2019 - I thought this was good but overpriced for what you get. I have had about the same score for half the price. I am a fan of Dunn but this didn't wow me.