Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Believe it or not, the 1990 Leoville Barton can actually be drunk - something that cannot be said about the broodingly backward, still excruciatingly tannic 1982. The exceptionally concentrated 1990 reveals more polished, sweeter tannins along with a big, sweet kiss of black currant, forest floor, cedar, and spice box notes. While it still has some tannins to shed, this full-bodied, powerful, long wine is approachable. It should continue to evolve for another two decades. (RP) 93+
Dark ruby color with a red edge. Subtle aromas of black cherry and plum, with hints of mineral and smoke. Full-bodied, with a compacted fruit structure, firm tannins and a long finish. As outstanding as it should be. (JS)
Dark crimson. Luscious. Some sweetness on the nose, and polish but pretty chewy finish. 18/20 Points
PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. 3-4 stars Michael Broadbent: "...deep but mature looking; sweet, classic nose evolving richly; equally sweet on the palate, complete, its richness masking the tannins. Drink 2008-2020." (10/2001) 92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "This is a glorious Leoville-Barton, even if I have experienced some bottle variation in the past. This one has a deep garnet core with russet rim. The bouquet is firmly entrenched within its secondary aromas, evolving a Pomerol-like personality with black truffle, scorched earth, damson and roasted chestnuts. The palate is medium-bodied, as if it has lost a little weight over the last couple of years, but very well balanced with good delineation. Wild mushrooms, a touch of cracked black pepper, sous-bois, hints of Provencal herbs and cedar towards the finish. Just a lovely Leoville-Barton to cherish. Drink now-2020. Tasted May 2009."
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