Jonathan Swinchatt made an incredibly generous contribution from his cellar, a 1986 Dunn Vineyard Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. There are not a lot of these twenty-four year old wines are around, a few (a very few) are available on line for prices starting at $129.99.
95 points, Robert Parker, 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!”
Opening bid is $70.00. Minimum bid increment $10.00.
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