A bit tanky on the nose still, this is tight and nuanced with very fine if slightly nutty oak-driven today. Air brings out a hint of grassiness, then a little blue fruit that shows fine ripeness with an edge of sweetness, dried herb notes that really build on the nose and a hint of roast coffee bean. Wow, this is stunningly well-balanced and packed with dark and powerful fruit that shows lighter shadings of strawberry and raspberry accenting the core of black fruit with lovely nuanced wood spice following on the back end. The finish reveals layers of dusty tannins covered with black cherry fruit, which just builds in intensity and length. This is powerful and seamless. 96 points

Tight and muscular if a little floral on the nose, with dark cherry and a bit of blackberry wrapped in nuances of leather, roasted nuts and vanilla, topped with savory herbaceous and earthy complexity. Tight on the palate as well, yet with very fine balance. There’s a little bit of herb on the attack and while the mid-palate is a little compressed at this point the back end reveals beautiful blackberry and blackcurrant fruit gaining some olive notes on the finish. This shows nice, succulent, dense fruit supported by tight-grained, ripe tannins and fine supporting acidity. 95 points
2005 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $80

Gorgeous blackcurrant fruit and herbs come together on the nose, with great complexity and freshness layered over a fine base of oak, accented by a sweet mint note and shades of tea. This is tight and a touch angular on the palate, showing great acids, pure black fruit, and lots of ripe tannins that show a chocolaty edge. The balance is really quite fine, with red fruit building up on the back end and leading to a long, crisp finish that sees the tannins really pop. Really lovely freshness to the fruit here.  94 points