100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% Howell Mountain fruit, 100% new French oak. This is a sleek, structured, age-worthy mountain cab with the BMI of a long-distance runner. Savory and spicy, with sage, bay leaf and black olive leading toward black currant and plum, this wine is unfolding beautifully now but still has plenty of softening in its future. Limit 3 bottles per customer.
Wiry, opinionated and something of a recluse, Randy Dunn has a reputation for making sleek, powerfully structured, extremely ageworthy mountain cabernet. He is also adamant on the topic of ripeness, vowing in 2007 that he would never make a wine with more than 14% alcohol by volume. The 2016, like most Dunn Cabernets, has not an ounce of body fat. It’s tight, lean, and focused with soaring fine tannin and lots of fantastic savory and spicy flavors from black olives to Chinese 5-spice. The fruit has almost a cool blue character.
Sage and bay leaf notes lead the way, followed quickly by black currant and bitter plum paste flavors. The finish is framed by singed cedar and alder details, with a lingering sanguine echo. Needs a little time to soften fully, but everything is in place.