Sunday, June 11, 2017

Dunn Napa Cabernet 1982

Dunn Family Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1982

For Fathers Day, #1 son Ryan came over to grill NY Strip Steaks. I pulled from the cellar a special birth year Cabernet for the occasion. Randy Dunn (right) is a Napa Valley legend and treasure. His Dunn Family Vineyards up on Howell Mountain produce classic age-worthy Cabernets as this 35 year old attests. We hold a vertical collection (series of vintages of wine of the same label) of Dunn Cabernets dating back to the 1980 vintage.

A visit to Dunn was a highlight of our Napa Valley Howell Mountain Wine Experience back in 2008, (shown right).

There is still life left in this thirty-five year old Napa Cab, a testament to the age-ability of Dunn Cabs. While past its prime, there is still vibrancy and life left in this vintage. Showing its age with a slight rust bricking on the rim, there is still balance and complex structure in this, still holding together.

Dark garnet colored with slight brown rust color starting to set in, medium bodied, black berry and black cherry fruits are accented by notes of tobacco, leather, dried herbs and hints of oak turning to a long lingering finish.