Dunnewood 1997 Signature Clara's Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino)
Hits the nail on the head, with ripe, juicy Cabernet aromas and flavors. There’s great fruity extraction, with cassis, black-currant and plum flavors, complex with smoky oak. Despite the depth and concentration, the wine is deft, elegant and very dry. Best Buy.
Dunnewood 1998 Signature Clara's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino County)
Here’s a wine that will surprise you. It has real richness and varietal flavor, and is dry and balanced, with the weight you want in a nice Cabernet. Might even get a little better in another year or two.
Dunnewood 1999 Sauvignon Blanc (Mendocino)
One of those wines that smells so good, you could just sniff and swirl. There’s lemongrass, vanilla, spearmint, butter and toast and a honeyed sweetness. Rich and flavorful, with melon and citrus flavors and a round, creamy texture. A slight touch of sweetness makes it fat, but it’s basically a dry wine. This is a…
Dunnewood 2002 Signature Chardonnay (Anderson Valley)
Pretty sweet in vanilla creme and tapioca, with a melange of tropical fruits. Clean acidity keeps it crisp and vibrant. Almost like a dessert wine, except it’s dry.
Dunnewood 2002 Signature Pinot Noir (Mendocino County)
Pleasant and polished, a pale-colored wine, with sharp acids and pretty flavors of candied cherry and vanilla. Silky and delicate; charming and elegant.
Dunnewood 1998 Pinot Noir (North Coast)
What a pretty aroma on this soft, likeable wine. Very forward, full of black cherry, black tea, caramel, smoke, mushroom and oak, and yet it’s delicate and rather “feminine.” A little light in flavor, with black cherry and spices. The texture is creamy, the tannins are soft; yet it manages to retain a firm grip on…
Dunnewood 1996 Dry Silk Seven Arches Vyd Rese Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)
Deep and dark, with smoke, toast, caramel and an olive note. Black cherry and menthol fruit in the mouth, and a tangy, brisk mouthfeel. Finishes long, with full tannins. Bigger and better structured than the Napa, but less pleasurable, at least now. Try in two years.
Dunnewood 1995 Dry Silk Reserve Charbono (Napa Valley)
A chewy wine with an inky, grapey nose with spice and game accents. Dry-cherry and black-fruit flavors. High acidity and a full, long, fairly tannic finish. A good, big, dry red that is still improving.