This has everything: deep color, rich, ripe aromas and bold fruit flavors, a velvety texture, depth and balance. It's delicious now but will improve for years. (TM)
Dark, evolved red. Currant and licorice on the nose, plus an inviting floral element. Lovely penetrating, firm wine with harmonious acidity shaping its flavors of currant and tobacco. Not a fleshy Cabernet but restrained and elegant, and still with life ahead of it. This was a sleeper vintage, noted Beth Novak Milliken, adding that 'the 1985 was more meaty and in your face.' (ST)
Healthy crimson. Rather lightweight nose. A bit reticent. Lovely lift and balance - great completeness. Great for now! Fully evolved on the palate. Just a bit muted on the nose. It seems ready to drink...and a bit dry on the finish, perhaps losing fruit slightly. Sappy. Appetising. 18/20 points (LM)
With an identical blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc, the 1986 seemed to have less character and aromatic intensity, with possibly a touch of oxidation in the nose. Once it hit the palate, it came alive showing charcoal, smoke, roasted herbs, blackcurrants and loamy soil undertones. This medium-bodied wine is fully mature and should be drunk over the next 4-5 years. (RP)
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