Stalwart of traditionally produced, long lived wines from high up on Howell Mountain, Randy Dunn is something of a Californian Legend. Resorting to none of the trickery available to modern Californian wine-makers, Randy's firm, structured wines speak loudly of their mountain origins. Small concentrated berries and minimal intervention in the cellar produces results that can seem aloof in youth, but blossom with age. Definitely for lovers of old-school Napa Cabernet.
Arguably Americas most important wine growing region, home to the likes of Dominus, Heitz, Cain Cellars and Opus One. Bordeaux varietals are key in this 40 mile long North-South valley that stretches from the San Fransico Bay up towards Calistoga and the sheer variety of different climats and vineyard sites is as bewildering as the sheer variety of styles of wine produced. At their best these can be some of the most opulent examples of Cabernet Sauvignon in the world - truly great wines with dinstinctly long cellaring potentials, but more youthful approachability than their european counterparts.