This superb Cabernet producer has finally released its splendid 1991s. The compelling 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley exhibits more classic cassis notes without the subtle herbaceousness of the Alexander Valley wine. It is a multi-layered, fabulously rich, intense wine with full body, a velvety texture, and oodles of fruit, glycerin, and soft tannin in the finish. Both wines are already delicious, and will age gracefully for 12-15 years. (RP)
A big, ripe, dark and intense style yet it manages to offer enough finesse and grace to keep in balance. Offers ripe cherry, currant and meaty edge on the finish, where the oak kicks in. Best after 1997.
This wine presents mixed messages that are more the product of its early construction than whether its innards have stood the test of time. Its aromas are deep and inviting, complex, fruity, clean and inviting-and suggestive of youthful energy. It is somewhat supple on the palate to start but then runs into a wall of puckery coarseness that limits access to its fruit in a way that is surprising at twenty-two years. Whether further aging, say another decade or so, will lift it past that rough coverlet is less than certain in spite its positives and the further proof they offer that the Cabs of 1991 are eminently capable of lasting. One star and $36 when first reviewed.
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