Starts with concentrated ripe dark fruit framed by powerful tannins. The nose shows creamy cassis, vanilla and blueberry character as well as stone, earth and herb undertones. The tannins gain momentum on the midpalate and are supple and solid and grip the finish. Needs four years to uncoil and then will remain in prime form for another decade after that.
"The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is one of the very finest young wines I have ever tasted from Randy Dunn. Layers of dark red fruit, blackberries, flowers, mint and licorice emerge from this seamless, large-scaled wine. This is a rich, opulent 2007 that never abandons its traditional sense of structure. All of the aromas and flavors build beautifully towards the immensely rewarding, intense, seductive finish. This is a dazzling showing from Randy Dunn. The 2007 is atypically open today. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2027. "
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Bright, deep ruby-red. Reticent aromas of cassis, dark raspberry, leather, fresh blood and pepper . Supple on entry, then a bit peppery and dry in the middle; has texture and flavor intensity but this is very backward and unyielding for this cuvee. Finishes with drying, rather clenched tannins but no heaviness. This will require patience, but it's unlikely to develop the personality or sweetness of the Howell Mountain bottling.
International Wine Cellar