Randy and Lori purchased the original vineyard, today called the Alta Tierra Vineyard, in 1978. Dunn Vineyard's first vintage was produced the following year 1979. Total production is about 4,500 cases split between the Howell Mountain and Napa Valley appellations.
The family owns roughly 200 acres. Only 35 acres are planted under vine. The Howell Mountain and Napa Valley Cabs are always 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Howell Mountain wine is produced with our estate fruit, while the Napa is a blend of our estate Howell Mountain fruit, with some purchased Coombsville fruit. With the red signature wax, those Howell Mountain bottles are easy to spot.
Nothing is easygoing about Randy Dunn's Cabernets, whether it's the dense red wax atop the bottle you need to soften to access the cork, or the uncompromising style that has become his trademark. … The quietly fierce nature of Dunn's wines has never been for all comers. But Dunn has always prided himself on being different. — JON BONNÉ "Randy Dunn's Cabernet crusade", SF Gate
The mountain really determined the style of the wine. It became obvious right away that the grapes up here were much more powerful than down on the valley floor. I just made the wine itself the same way we did at Caymus, it just was a more tannic wine due to the place. — RANDY DUNN