2018 2018 Feather
- Winemaker Randy Dunn
- Appellation Columbia Valley
- Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley vintner, Randy Dunn, whose reputation for producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon spans more than four decades, brings his artistry and expertise to Washington State.
A classic Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon, true to varietal character, with appealing, earthy aromas and flavors, including a streak of graphite, dark cherry, blackberry and a hint of dried herbs. Well-structured with plenty of backbone, like an Old-World Cab but with the focused concentration of a New World wine, the 2018 Feather is an iron fist in a velvet glove.
The classic 2018 Feather comes from the Weinbau and Wallula Vineyards and spent 22 months in 90% new French oak. It has a wonderfully pure nose of crème de cassis, new saddle leather, dried flowers, and tobacco that carries to a medium to full-bodied, seamless Cabernet with a wonderful sense of purity, balance, and elegance, all while bringing plenty of fruit and structure. I actually like it today, yet it has enough tannins to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and should be long lived.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Feather is a special project wine between Gilles Nicault and Randy Dunn of Dunn Vineyards. Aged for 22 months in all French oak barrels (90% new), it shows beautifully toasty oak alongside dark chocolate Turkish coffee, crème de violette and tobacco leaf that all meld in the glass. The palate is dense and concentrated, delivering tons of black fruits that collide with minerals, menthol, scorched earth and salty undertones, and displaying beautiful length.
Coming from the Horse Heaven Hills and Wahluke Slope vineyards, this 100% Cabernet rests 22 months in 90% new French oak barrels. An outstanding Cabernet made by Randy Dunn, who has been making some of the best wines in Napa Valley for decades. Deep purple with a neon rim in the glass, I could pick this out as an outstanding Washington Cabernet in a blind tasting in my sleep. It has those gorgeous notes of blackberry, black plum, cassis, dusty country road, tar, pencil shavings and old leather that are absolutely intoxicating. Acidity is medium plus and the crunchy tannins are perfectly balanced with the stunning fruit and herbaceousness of the finish. This wine will be even more delicious with another several years of bottle age. Cellar this and enjoy it for the next 15 years or longer.
Crafted by Randy Dunn, this wine offers intriguing aromas of coffee, cherry, dark chocolate and dried herbs. There's a reserved intensity to the palate, with sneaky complexity belying all the structure behind it. A warm, lingering finish caps it off. Best after 2025, with a long life beyond that. Cellar Selection, Best of the Year 2021
Washington’s Wahluke Slope and Horse Heaven Hills produce some of the state’s finest Cabs. The growing regions are both distinct and complementary. The 2018 Feather is equal parts Weinbau Vineyard Cabernet (Wahluke), a site that yields dark fruit with plenty of structure, and Wallula Vineyard Cabernet (Horse Heaven Hills). Cabernet grown here accentuates the varietal character of the grape and contributes to the wine’s silky texture.