Hello WB! I’m interested in purchasing a bottle of 1997 Dunn Howell Mountain in celebration of my birthday next month. 1997 is my birth year and I’ve been getting really into wine over the last couple years, but have never been able to taste anything older than 2007 let alone a wine from my birth year.
I hear great things about Dunn and thought that would be a very solid choice for a wine for this occasion but I would also be interested in other bottles from 1997 if any of you have something that fits the bill.
I’m located in Sacramento if a local meet up was feasible but shipping also works.
Looking forward to hearing what you have got and I appreciate your time helping me with my first aged wine experience!
I had the 97 Dunn HM last night at dinner. It is still very youthful and structured. Over a 3 hour meal, it was only starting to open up at the end. There’s a lot of complexity though and I think it will be great one day. If you do buy this, I would cellar it for another 10+ years and buy a bunch of other bottles to drink in the meantime. Lots of great 97s out there!
If you’re really interested in Dunn, I would suggest their “Napa Valley Cabernet” standard bottling. It will be a bit more approachable and cheaper than the HM. They’re fantastic. I had a 96 last year that was awesome and the 97 should be drinking well now too.