This is Dunham's top wine, and it is 100% Cab, aged in a 50/50 mix of French and American oak. Firm and compact, with black cherry and cassis, licorice and new leather, it shows good length and balance. The black cherry fruit, not too sweet, is not at all jammy, heavy or hot; but it is supple and deliciously nuanced with espresso and smoke. Cellar 8–12 years.
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