Here is an example of why a second wine is well worth buying in a great vintage. Unfortunately, I do not have any of the 1990, and I couldn’t find any to purchase, but I bought plenty of the 1982, although I never dreamed it would be drinking so great at age 27. Much lighter around the edge than its bigger sibling, it exhibits an explosive nose of charcoal, black fruits, herbs, and soil undertones. Full-bodied and fleshy with no hard edges (which is exactly the way it performed over the last 10-15 years), it probably should be consumed over the next 4-5 years. However, given the fact that it has aged so beautifully for so long, it may last even longer. (RP)
What a wine. Dark ruby color, with a hint of garnet. Ripe berry, with a hint of raisin, licorice and spice. Full-bodied and very concentrated, with velvety tannins and a long, ripe fruit finish. (JS)
Saturated red with ruby tones. Vibrant aromas of redcurrant, plum, cedar and graphite. Currant, spice and mineral flavors are intense and sharply delineated thanks to firm framing acidity. Quite penetrating and impressively youthful, with excellent structure and grip. Still developing and capable of going on for another 15 years. (ST) 91+
Very, very deep crimson. Notably ripe and vibrant on the nose. Confident wine; by no means a second best, with robust structure and still some future ahead of it. 17.5/20 points.
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