1994 Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1.5L

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1994 Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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Wine Advocate | 94

The 1994s might be ready to drink within 10-15 years. It is hard to believe these wines spend 30 months in oak casks before bottling as they are incredibly unevolved and backward when released. The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa reveals an opaque purple color, followed by a sweet, rich, black currant and creme de cassis-scented nose with no evidence of oak. This fruit bomb displays considerable breadth and expansiveness on the palate, in essence revealing only two dimensions - fruit and tannin. It is slightly softer and more precocious than the 1995 and 1996, so perhaps it will only need 10, rather than 15 years of cellaring. This immensely impressive Cabernet is a candidate for 20-30 years of cellaring. One of the issues about which Randy Dunn is sensitive is the fact that his wines are so remarkably consistent that it is often difficult to tell vintages apart. I think the vintage character will become more apparent when the wines are 15-20 years of age. Even the most professional palate will be inundated with a furious blast of tannin and concentrated cassis and blackberry fruit when these wines are young. With that in mind, the notes for the wines reviewed in this segment do sound similar, but I feel 1994 may turn out to be Dunn's finest of the three most recent vintages. At present, 1995 looks to be the most tannic, and 1996, similar to, but softer than 1994. Given the fact that both of Dunn's debut vintages of 1979 and 1980 are still relative infants in terms of development, in all likelihood, the 1994s, 1995s, and 1996s possess a minimum of 25-30 years of aging potential!

Drink Dates: 2007-2027
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 114

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Wine Spectator | 88

Inky dark, intense and tannic, packing in a tightly wound core of currant, mineral, plum and earthy flavors. Dense and chewy; needs cellaring. 2,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000+
Author: James Laube


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Score: 90
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/16/2014
Drink Dates: 2000-2014
Good but lacks of depth to keep in duty side to pesquera janus and ValSotillo gran reserva
Score: 97
Author: Tbone200
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/18/2014
Unrealâ?¦..
Score: 96
Author: Daddy
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/18/2010
wonderful, dense, blockbuster, has plenty of time to go. better with every pour. opened for 3 hours, should have been longer.
Score: 90
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/25/2009
Drink Dates: 2000-2009
Green bell pepper and sour cherry. Dusty, tongue coating tannins and nice layering. Still had a 20 second finish, but the wine is close to its end. Drink up!
Score: 80
Author: Edward T707
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/29/2008
More Vintages and Sizes of Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley:

2011 (750ml)
2010 (750ml)
2000 (1.5L)
2000 (750ml)
1998 (750ml)
1997 (1.5L)

About This Producer


Dunn Vineyards is located east of St. Helena in the town of Angwin on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. In 1972 Randy and Lori purchased the original vineyard property. The winery was established in 1979, with the first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. In 1981, the first release offered consumers 660 cases of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Howell Mountain vineyards. In 1982, Dunn also released their first Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Currently Dunn Vineyards produces around 5000 cases of extremely age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon.

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