It's ready now...something I never though I'd say about a wine from this vintner!

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It's ready now...something I never though I'd say about a wine from this vintner!

#1 Post by Anton D » March 15th, 2019, 2:49 pm

Looking for the pic, but...

We popped a 1986 Dunn HM this week...and it's ready!

We decanted, tasted over about 3 hours. It has great color with some bricking, and a splendid sort of spiced fruit and cedar/leather nose. Actual tertiary flavors, too! A touch of tannin remains, but in nice balance with slight cherry/plum notes. It didn't have a specific say-it-out-loud specific fruit profile. Great mid to rear palate finish that I timed and stopped at a minute. Really a good slurp.

I've been sitting around waiting for a long time and these Dunn wines mature about as quickly as my n'er do well uncle did! Today's the sday to go find this one an try it. (We drank an 1989 in December and it was as fully developed yet as this '86 was. Never before seen on a Dunn vintage chart: "Drink now is fine!"

As a preamble, we tasted the 2004 Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard chardonnay and it was spot on, as well!

My wife noticed the very faint butterscotch, but without any "old chardonnay" negatives: no wet cardboard, not too much butterscotch, no oxidation.

It had a hint of pear/pineapple, even some peach and fig. I would also say a touch of flintiness, too! Also a long all back-palate finish. There was maybe faint oak, not overbearing, and minimal "butter" (yay.)

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The chard was consumed as a stand alone, the Dunn with a ribeye and mushroom risotto.
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#2 Post by Doug Schulman » March 15th, 2019, 2:53 pm

Dunn that's ready, showing tertiary character, and not overly bretty seems like a unicorn experience. When those things all come together, I can see why people love this producer so much. Unfortunately, it is rare.
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#3 Post by etomasi » March 15th, 2019, 3:04 pm

Yup, we opened an '85 Dunn Napa (not even the Howell mtn) last weekend and it was still pretty young.
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#4 Post by Bob Davis » March 15th, 2019, 3:21 pm

The wines he makes for Long Shadow in Walla Walla don't seem to take that long to be drinkable.
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#5 Post by David Baum » March 15th, 2019, 4:16 pm

Too bad it wasn't an 87

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#6 Post by Jayson Cohen » March 15th, 2019, 4:29 pm

Knew by the title this thread must be about Dunn! Thanks for the note.

Last time I had ‘86 Howell about 4.5 years ago, it wasn’t ready. So this is interesting. I don’t own these, so I benefit from generosity of others on occasion, but as of a couple years ago, I thought ‘78 was pretty much ready, and ‘82 and ‘84 were getting there. Ready meaning, I suspect, ready to drink well for a long time.

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#7 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » March 15th, 2019, 4:32 pm

At this point, I have Dunn only in large to very large format. So who knows if they will EVER be ready!

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#8 Post by T Welch » March 15th, 2019, 4:35 pm

We've had the 1986 and 1987 HM in the last year and both were outstanding.
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#9 Post by Rich Brown » March 15th, 2019, 8:11 pm

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 4:32 pm
At this point, I have Dunn only in large to very large format. So who knows if they will EVER be ready!
*slowly nods his head while staring/cringing at the multiple magnums of 2012 Howell Mountain in his cellar*

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#10 Post by Mark Stevens » March 15th, 2019, 9:00 pm

1987 Dunn Napa has been spectacular for over a decade. I have reloaded numerous times via auction without disappointment. Unbelievably effusive aromatics that literally fill the room from the decanter- really! And the texture is very silky yet with continued sense of underlying structure and depth for further development. So complex, so delicious. Seemingly immortal, yet no need to wait to enjoy this beauty!

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#11 Post by Warren Taranow » March 15th, 2019, 9:08 pm

Reminds me of Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro; I haven't found one ready to drink yet.
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#12 Post by Tom Reddick » March 15th, 2019, 9:21 pm

Jayson Cohen wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Knew by the title this thread must be about Dunn! Thanks for the note.

Last time I had ‘86 Howell about 4.5 years ago, it wasn’t ready. So this is interesting. I don’t own these, so I benefit from generosity of others on occasion, but as of a couple years ago, I thought ‘78 was pretty much ready, and ‘82 and ‘84 were getting there. Ready meaning, I suspect, ready to drink well for a long time.
Haha! I was thinking the same! The 86 HM was the first Dunn I ever had- in 1997 during college days. Amazing wine, but painfully young. The 1982 HM was just about there for me some 5 years later- but not quite there. I have yet to try one I thought fully mature- but then again never have I feared one in development was at risk of drying out.
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#13 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » March 16th, 2019, 3:49 am

Lol, I just got in a couple 93 Dunn HMS. Last time I had it, was beautiful but still youthful. These got a bit warm in shipping, so perhaps they will now be mature or flabby!

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#14 Post by Joe W i n o g r a d » March 16th, 2019, 7:20 am

Off bottle? neener

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#15 Post by Kris Patten » March 16th, 2019, 3:51 pm

Bob Davis wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 3:21 pm
The wines he makes for Long Shadow in Walla Walla don't seem to take that long to be drinkable.

Yeah, he is not hanging out in WA making that wine, Gilles does.
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#16 Post by Markus S » March 16th, 2019, 6:39 pm

Warren Taranow wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Reminds me of Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro; I haven't found one ready to drink yet.
Yup. Wondering if these ever mature!
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#17 Post by Marshall Gelb » March 17th, 2019, 10:36 am

Rich Brown wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 4:32 pm
At this point, I have Dunn only in large to very large format. So who knows if they will EVER be ready!
*slowly nods his head while staring/cringing at the multiple magnums of 2012 Howell Mountain in his cellar*

Quite the optimist! I really enjoy Dunn wines but stopped buying after the '97 vintage. [truce.gif] The last bottles I purchased were '97 Howell Mountain in magnums. Luckily. my girls are really into wine and hopefully grandkids as well! flirtysmile



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#18 Post by BobH » March 17th, 2019, 11:26 am

I bought 4 bottles of Dunn as anniversary wines because of their reputation as being long lived. I am hoping they will last a long time, but interestingly while I have these bottles, I have actually never tried a Dunn before.
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#19 Post by Rich Brown » March 17th, 2019, 10:46 pm

Marshall Gelb wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 10:36 am
Rich Brown wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 4:32 pm
At this point, I have Dunn only in large to very large format. So who knows if they will EVER be ready!
*slowly nods his head while staring/cringing at the multiple magnums of 2012 Howell Mountain in his cellar*
That's exactly why I bought the 12s - daughters birthyear. Only half joking with the above post, but I definitely do not planning on opening any of those with her for a long, long time :)

Quite the optimist! I really enjoy Dunn wines but stopped buying after the '97 vintage. [truce.gif] The last bottles I purchased were '97 Howell Mountain in magnums. Luckily. my girls are really into wine and hopefully grandkids as well! flirtysmile



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