"Dunn remains one of California's superstar Cabernet Sauvignon producers." (Robert Parker) Complex nose of cassis, violet, licorice, musky game, black tea and black olive. Denser than the Napa Valley offering but tighter today, with its sweetness currently under wraps. But this serious, backward wine turns sweeter on the back end, finishing with broad, dusty tannins, an intriguing note of tobacco and sneaky length.
From whiskey to wine, the United States is quickly becoming one of the premier countries for a variety of styles and categories of alcohol. From Napa Cabernets, to Kentucky Bourbon, to craft beer, gin and vodka, the list of exceptional style and quality continues to impress the most discerning palates.
The largest domestic wine growing region in the United States is by far California. California wines took international recognition in the 1976 competition known as "The Judgement Of Paris." In this famous blind tasting, California wines were put up against the best wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux - and won.
Today, California wines are among some of the finest made throughout the world. For California red wines, grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah are among the most popular. California "meritages" have also become quite popular. These red "blends" commonly use the classic Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, though many winemakers blend with other varietals. For California white wines, grapes such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the most popular - as they are throughout the rest of the wine world. Whether red or white wine, the most popular wine AVA's (American Viticultural Areas) in California are the wine subregions of Napa Valley, Russian River Valley and Sonoma.
California wines are often referred to as "New World" wines (as opposed to "Old World"). New World wines tend to be fruit forward and have new oak barrel influence, while Old World wines tend to be more mineral driven and have less oak influence. Today, there is an emerging trend among California wineamakers to use less oak influence in their wines allowing the grapes' characteristics to better express themselves.