As I reported last year, the 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a spectacular wine...The Eisele Vineyard 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the half dozen or so candidates for wine of the vintage. I have tasted it three times out of bottle, once rating it as high as 98, but never less than 96. It is a mind-boggling Cabernet Sauvignon that is remarkably well-balanced for its size and intensity. The color is an opaque purple, and the nose offers up smoky, chocolatey, blackcurrant, licorice, and mineral scents. On the palate, the wine reveals fabulous density, concentration, sweetness of fruit as well as tannin, and a 30-40 second finish. Although there is a high percentage of new oak, this wine has completely soaked it up, a testament to its extract and concentration of fruit. While the wine displays a certain precociousness, unusual for a 1993, there is plenty of tannin lurking in the finish, but it is well-concealed by the wine's exceptional richness. This beauty is destined to age effortlessly for 20-25 years. (RP)
Remarkably youthful and vibrant, with spicy currant, plum, black cherry and anise flavors that pick up touches of earth, mocha and cigar box. Enormous complexity, depth and range of flavors. (JL)
This wine had the most extraordinarily deep colour - a ruby rim but the core was a deeper crimson than many of the younger wines. I wonder if they were experimenting with particularly enthusiastic maceration? The nose was very fine, classy and ambitious - it reminded me of a Bordeaux first growth. It was fragrant and fresh yet with great subtle depth, and a hint of graphite. 18/20 points (JR)
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