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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
California Colgin 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard 3 Bottle 75cl £300
95
California Mondavi / Rothschild 1991 Opus One 2 Bottle 150cl £750
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    $55 - 60

    Drink Date

    1995 - 2010

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Feb 1995

    Source

    97, The Wine Advocate

    Opus One's 1991 is a gorgeously rich, opaque ruby/purple-colored wine with a knock-out nose of smoke, cassis, vanilla, and a whiff of herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, with surprisingly supple, concentrated, chocolatey, cassis, and blackcurrant flavors that ooze across the palate, this voluptuously-textured example of Opus One is atypical in a vintage that produced so many backward wines. There is no question the wine possesses plenty of tannin, but it is admirably concealed by the copious quantities of concentrated fruit. This Opus can be drunk now as well as over the next 15+ years.

Tasting Notes
92
California Ridge 1999 Monte Bello 1 Bottle 75cl £200
  • Jancis
    72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. In most California vineyards, yields were cut by a cold, rainy spring. At Monte Bello, where it was colder still, flowering and set were put on hold. When summer finally came, the clement weather allowed a perfect set. Even after severe thinning, yields were two and a half tons per acre, equalling 1997's record. We harvested the separate parcels from the end of October through mid-November, as they ripened. In this vintage, fermentations destined for in-barrel malolactic were started with selected yeast; the rest - including all malolactics - were natural. 93% of the wine was racked to air-dried American oak and - as part of our ongoing comparison - 7% to the best French oak. In February, we chose 23 of the 36 parcels for the Monte Bello. 
    Fragrant, perfumed, fresh and cedary, still so fragrant and youthful on the nose. More Bordeaux-like than the other two vintages tasted. Rich, deep and so complex but without loss of freshness. Again some minerality and cedary damson sweetness of fruit still there. Long and remarkably fresh. Holds your attention. (JH) 

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