by Tom Joe The “Hops ‘R Better” Winer
As simple as I, II, III…
Chatted with John Blair the General Manager of Dunham Cellars. He’s the guy that makes sure “all gears are turning”!
The first three vintages of Dunham, using numerals I, II, and III, were all made at L’Ecole N° 41. It all started when Eric Dunham was the assistant winemaker at L’Ecole N° 41 under head winemaker Marty Clubb. Marty let Eric make a few barrels off to the side for his own project and those barrels became the inaugural vintages of Dunham Cellars.
A few years after the initial vintage was released with great acclaim, Erick began Dunham Cellars with the help of his parents. In 2004, David & Cheryll Blair joined the team with John Blair following in 2011.
Only Cabernet Sauvignon was produced during the early years. The grapes are primarily estate fruit. “We have two
The 2014 vintage has XX on the label indicating that it is the 20th vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon produced. The tradition started in 1995 with the Roman numeral I and, at the time, it was just a “cool idea”. – They didn’t realize that it actually made the wine somewhat of a collectible because people don’t want to miss a Roman numeral!
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