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Professional Ratings: 90 The Wine Advocate, 90 International Wine Cellar
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 13.3%
Item no. 107431
Bands of color suggest optimum maturity. Extraordinary interaction between fruit and oak. A powerful, sophisticated & restrained wine, with medium+ acidity, full-body and tannins that grip. Extraordinary interaction between fruit and oak continues throughout the legth of the palate to the dry finish.
Dunn's normal policy is to select the Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from his barrels right before bottling. Hence what I tasted was a trial blend of this wine. This year produced extremely small crops characterized by extremely cool growing seasons as well as unusually late harvests. Randy Dunn dropped 40% of his crop in 1998 in order to attain ripeness. Consequently, this wine does not possess the herbaceousness or weediness found in many 1998 Howell Mountain Cabernets
Bright ruby. Cassis, minerals and mint on the nose. Very tight and a bit musclebound, but the flavors of darkest berries and licorice are vibrant and pristine. Juicy, firmly tannic and quite long, with miraculously little greenness for a mountain cabernet in '98. Very unevolved today. My bottle showed more thickness with extended aeration. Randy Dunn dropped nearly half of his fruit in order to get the rest ripe in '98, and has produced highly successful cabernets in the context of the vintage.