1989 Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Thick, dark, dense and concentrated, this packs a wallop with intensely flavored, firmly tannic currant, earth and cedar notes. So young it tastes like a barrel sample, but it fits the Dunn Napa Valley style and is a success. Cellar. Best after 1997. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 2,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 1997+

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Customer Reviews For This Wine

Author: darvid
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/08/2011
Decanted for sediment a few minutes before serving. Two-tone aspect in the glass: Mature looking center with comparatively bright and youthful rim. Correct, and restrained, aromas redolent of St. Estephe. In the mouth, surprising balance and freshness (most 1989 Napa Cabs seem somewhat over the hill these days). Fruit in gentle transition to secondary; a clear impression of soil tones; medium body; acid and alcohol assertive but not the least intrusive; just enough remaining background tannin to furnish a canvas. Over two hours the wine steadily firmed up and became more focused and, if anything, more classical in a left-bank sense. Impressive bottle from a vintage I'd more or less given up on, although obviously this producer makes very long-lasting wines. PS - after posting the above note I read several other recent CT comments that account this wine on its last legs. Our bottle was striking for its energy and vibrancy -- the flabby, decaying-soup, "stays coming undone" character of many '89s being completely absent. I bought it at auction six years ago and assume it must have been perfectly stored before then.

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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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