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Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 09
2008 Vintage Wine Advocate - 92 points - The 2008 Feather is a multi-regional 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made by Randy Dunn of Napa Valley renown. Sandalwood, licorice, dark chocolate, Asian spices, and black currant aromas set the stage for a tight, structured, well-balanced wine that requires another 4-5 years to fully unwind. This lengthy effort should see its 20th birthday in peak condition. - Jay Miller
2008 Wine Spectator - 91 points - Youthful and a bit raw, but lively with juicy blueberry, currant, bay leaf and crème brûlée flavors that are nicely knit as the finish lingers with moderate intensity. Drink now through 2016. 1,874 cases made. - H.S.
2007 Vintage Tasting Notes
2007 Wine Advocate - 93 points - An expressive wine of elegance offering layers of black cherry, dried currant and spice laced with nuances of licorice and dark chocolate for added complexity. Dark fruit and refined tannins provide wonderful texture and a lingering finish. - the winery
2006 Vintage Tasting Notes
2006 Wine Advocate - 93 points - The 2006 Feather is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon cuvee made by Randy Dunn of Napa Valley fame. The wine was sourced from several prime vineyards and aged for 22 months in new French oak. The nose gives up aromas of toasty oak, scorched earth, Asian spices, black currant, and blackberry. Firm and structured yet elegant on the palate, there are layers of fruit and enough tannin to evolve for another 4-6 years. The wine will be at its best from 2013 to 2026. A superstar California winemaker plus incredible fruit from Washington: this is the third vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon made by Randy Dunn. Randy makes the Feather Cabernet Sauvignon the same way he makes his legendary, highly collectible California Cabs.
Concentrated and beautifully balanced, Randy Dunn's 2006 Feather might best be described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove." This wine offers fresh, fragrant, fruity aromas; spicy, dark cherry on the palate and a silky mouth feel and lengthy finish. - the winery
Randy is a frequent visitor to the Columbia Valley, checking his favorite vineyards for balance throughout the growing season and returning during harvest to inspect the grapes before making the call to pick. Like previous vintages of Feather, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is hand-harvested, fermented in small lots and aged 22 months in new Vicard French oak barrels, Randy's cooper of choice at Dunn Vineyards as well.
The 2006 Feather includes grapes from acclaimed Horse Heaven Hills vineyards (32%), such as Wallula, contributing dark fruit character and earthiness to the wine. Stillwater Creek on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills (23%) brings fresh fruit aromas and balance. Grapes from the Wahluke Slope (19%) add beautiful structure and ripe tannins. With the primary blend complete, Randy relies on a wide assortment of diverse vineyards to add layers and complexity to the final blend.
2005 Vintage Tasting Notes
Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 05 is a refined beauty. Boisterous black fruit aromas mingle with cocoa and vanilla. Ripe blackberries and black plums provide the core, wrapped with ribbons of black cherry. Supple on the front of the palate, yet showing nice grip towards the back end. Softer than Dunn's California Cabs, the Feather 05 will drinks nicely now if decanted. Very limited.
2004 Vintage Tasting Notes
Wine Spectator 91 points: "Dense in texture, but not heavy, with bright red cherry, pomegranate and plum flavors piercing a distinct layer of fine-grained tannins. Has freshness and grace. Best after 2009." H.S.
Paul Gregutt of the Seattle Times says: "Randy Dunn's 2004 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon displays lovely aromatics, though at first it seems soft to the point of being a tiny bit airy. As it sits in the glass or decanter, it begins to open up, and clearly the flavors are there - blueberry and boysenberry and black cherry, with well-matched oak and acid."
2003 Vintage Tasting Notes
Wine Advocate rating 93 points: "Feather, a member of the Long Shadows consortium, is produced by Randy Dunn, of Napa Valley (Howell Mountain) fame. As would be expected from Dunn, the 2003 Feather (437 cases) is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and sports a dark, opaque color. Its bold aromatics reveal loads of roasted black fruits and spices. A massive effort, it is thick, dense, and powerful. Layers of licorice and tar-laced black fruits are found in its velvety-textured core as well as in its long finish. Though unquestionably a Randy Dunn wine, one that's loaded for bear (not quail), its finish reveals ripe, round tannin that is sweeter and more civilized than any I've encountered in Dunn's California behemoths (and I own many!). Projected maturity: 2009-2020+."
Wine Spectator 92 points: "Supple, velvety style stacks pepper and coffee notes on top of a vivid core of blackberry, raspberry and currant fruit that just doesn't quit. Attractive now, but should develop additional depth with time in the bottle. New from winemaker Randy Dunn. Best from 2008 through 2014.-H.S.
The Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 03 shows its California influences. It is concentrated and dark in color, with flavors dominated by black cherry, toasted cocoa bean, and blackberry in the mid-palate. There are hints of warm spice throughout the wine, and the overall impression is richly viscous, lush, and opulent. Randy has managed the high sugars of the fruit and found balance, with acidity and tannic structure to hold the wine together for short term cellaring. Like many a CA Cab, Feather is so pretty now, it seems destined for summer grilling, with steak or rack of lamb on the menu.
Feather seems most CA in style in the finish, which fills the mouth and lingers with flavors of black currant and blackberry, and hints of herbs. In ripeness and richness, it's quite California.
Feather is a very different wine from the Dunn Vineyards Cabs. It's not something I would cellar for years and pull out for the occasion of a lifetime. Feather is what it is, a new, first interpretation of Washington Cabernet from a genius winemaker, in a hot vintage where he was getting to know the fruit.
How is Feather different from other 2003 Washington Cabs? Perhaps Randy benefited from the hot season. If CA Cabs are know for their fuller-bodied, rather high in alcohol, riper and richer qualities, the heat of 2003 gave Randy the grapes. Used to the hotter seasons in CA, was 2003 less of a stretch, more familiar to Randy than a cooler year would have been?
From the winery:
Feather is a richly concentrated wine with ripe black cherry and mocha aromas. Toasty on entry, the wine's dark fruit flavors include an intense blackberry mid-palate highlighted by a lush, spicy finish. An age-worthy wine, yet approachable and elegant with a unique balance of tannins, acidity and richness.
Enthusiasts who enjoy big, rich, fruit-forward wines will find the Columbia Valley's 2003 vintage to their liking. This was one of Washington's warmest seasons on record with overall heat accumulation rivaling the high numbers posted in 1998. Temperatures were consistently warm from June through August giving the vines time to acclimate to the temperatures and allowing grapes and flavors to ripen in tandem at an even pace. In short, 2003 was another remarkable Columbia Valley vintage from start to finish.
Randy Dunn's Napa Valley cabernets from Dunn Vineyards are made of the stuff collectors crave; the wines are rare, acclaimed and age-worthy. Those who know Randy's wines will likely find Feather, his first cab outside of California in four decades of winemaking, different than his Napa cabs but to their taste. What's perhaps most notable about Feather is its showy style early-on, a reflection of Randy's appreciation for the Columbia Valley's softer, more supple wines. Throughout the growing season, Randy flew his plane to Washington frequently, checking yields, tasting the grapes and seeking a dark complexion on the skins before making the call to pick. Aged 23 months in Vicard French oak, his cooper of choice at Dunn Vineyards as well.
Randy chose a diverse selection of Washington vineyards to create a multi-layered wine. This debut release is a combination of Red Mountain grapes (43%) chosen for their rich mouth-feel; Horse Heaven Hills vineyards (54%) favored for depth and elegance; and 30-year-old vines from Sagemoor Vineyard north of Pasco (3%) for structure.
Alcohol: 14.2% < br/>
pH: 3.69< br/>
TA: 0.64 grams / 100ml< br/>
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon< br/>
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