The 1991 vintage has long been touted as one of the great recent vintages for Cabernet Sauvignon, and this is certainly evident in the '91 Martha's Vineyard. The nose is deep, ripe and absolutely classic in its aromatic mélange of red and black cherries, mint, tobacco, a touch of chocolate, lovely soil tones and a deft framing of new oak. On the palate the wines is deep, full-bodied, pure and quite powerful in style, with a great core of pure fruit, a lovely signature of soil, ripe tannins and impeccable balance on the very, very long and tangy finish. Superb juice, and decidedly more impressive than many of the highly-touted 1991 Cabernets that I reported on several issues ago in the newsletter. This is still a very young wine and will need a good decade more cellaring to really reach its apogee. 2021-2075.
Offers a distinct mint-chocolate aroma, and rich minty currant and black cherry flavors in a complex, deeply concentrated, sharply focused style. Tannins are softening, but offer enough intensity for another decade of cellaring. (JL, Web Only-2002)
The 1991 reveals a deeper ruby/garnet color with a hint of purple, and a shy but attractive perfume of red and black fruits, wood, spice, and a vague notion of mint. On the palate the wine exhibits very good to excellent depth, medium body, and admirable tannin, glycerin, ripeness, and richness in the spicy finish. It is a more measured style of Martha's Vineyard, as well as more concentrated than the 1990. If it matures gracefully over the next decade, it will resemble the 1969 and 1973. (RP)
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