Napa and Sonoma Cabernet 2009: panel tasting results

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High alcohols and uneven quality in the generic-level wines marred what was otherwise a fine tasting, with our experts recommending most wines for good medium-term drinking. See the top 18 Napa and Sonoma Cabernet 2009 wines here...
Napa and Sonoma Cabernet 2009, Dunn Vineyards
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Dunn Vineyards, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

Dunn Vineyards, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Decanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judge’s scores: Stephen Brook 18.5 Yohann Jousselin MS 18.5 David Motion 18.5
With a craggy face, handsome mustache and cowboy hat, Randy Dunn is Napa Valley’s original mountain man. He embraces Howell Mountain’s volcanic soils, 600m elevations and the thick-skinned, tannic grapes grown there. Always 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, they show the herbal side of the variety, and are 14% alcohol or less, even if Dunn must use reserve osmosis technology to reduce the potency.
Stephen Brook: Rich, comforting black fruits nose, with an elegant toastiness. Medium-bodied, ripe and almost sweet without being jammy, concentrated and sleek, and with a touch of alcohol just about carried by the fruit. Very good length, harmonious and complete.
Yohann Jousselin MS: A supremely elegant wine. This shows a lot of ripe red fruits that are balanced by lovely acidity. It’s a lighter style of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, yet still contains great complexity.
David Motion: Blackcurrant leaf and savoury notes on the nose. Palate is cool and polished, comprising flavours of blueberry, blackcurrant and sea salt.
Price £74.99 The Winery
Drink 2013–2030
Alc 13.9%

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