1997 Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml

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WA 92   WS 92   IWC 89+   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa exhibits an opaque purple color as well as a gorgeous nose of pure cassis and blackberries with flinty notions in the background. Full-bodied, powerful, tannic, pure, and backward, it needs another 8-10 years of cellaring.

Drink Dates: 2010-2035
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Sharply focused, with a pretty beam of plum, currant and black cherry flavors, framed by spicy, cedary oak and finishing with dry tannins. 1,956 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2002-2012
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89+

Saturated ruby. Brooding aromas of blueberry, blackberry, dark chocolate, licorice and meat; showed more sweetness with aeration. Juicy, intensely flavored and quite penetrating, with brisk flavors of crystallized black and red fruit firmed by strong acids. Rather folded in on itself today and not showing its density. Finishes with substantial but ripe tannins and sneaky sweetness.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 93

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Daddy
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/21/2013
Drink Dates: 2006-2020
Classic Randy Dunn winemaking. Maturing nicely but still has room to grow in complexity.

Rating: 92
Author: Todd W59
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/16/2008
Drink Dates: 2006-2014
Round and fleshy; tannins have mellowed quite a bit; soft and very accessible wine. Very fruity for an 11 year old Dunn. Color showing some age with brick/orange-tinged at the edge. Drink over the next 3-4 years.

Average rating: 91, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1049 bottles owned by 296 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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