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1994 Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1.5L
1994 Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
1994 Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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Professional Reviews


Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 114

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!

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

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.

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Community Reviews


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


Tbone200 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 03/18/2014



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.


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!


Edward T707 Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 10/29/2008

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