1986 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Two of the most impressive wines in these tastings, both of Dunn's 1986s tasted like 3-4-year old Cabernets rather than 10-year old adolescents. The opaque purple-colored 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain offers awesome richness, mindboggling intensity, huge tannin, a massive mouthfeel, and a closed yet formidably long, well-endowed finish. This wine could be put in a tasting of 1994 California Cabernets and not stand out as a 10-year old wine. Give it another 5-7 years of cellaring and drink it over the subsequent 25-30 years ... amazing!
In this context, the 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain stands out a bit for its more delicate personality. Pliant and expressive, the 1986 is marked by lifted, floral aromatic and mid-weight structure. Savory notes, along with a hint of tar and iron linger on the close.
Starts out supple, showing mature currant notes, with herb and tea, then turns dry and tannic. This is intense and better than most of the '86s. The best of two bottles.--'76/'86 California Cabernet retrospective. (Web-2007)