Mount Eden Estate Old Vine Reserve Cabernet 1990

Tasting Notes

Release Date: Fall 1993

The 1990 Old Vine Reserve is a special wine for many reasons. First and foremost, this wine is fabulous and will give a decade or more of thoroughly positive evolution. It is for me all I have hoped for in a young Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has what I am looking for: uniqueness, depth of flavor, impeccable balance, and a long complete aftertaste. Secondly, this Old Vine Reserve is from ancient vines which winemakers for generations have revered for they yield a wine of concentration longevity, and a sense of place. Last but not least this 1990 is one of the most collectable Cabernet vintages since 1975.

Structured for aging, this wine could be cellared for 5-8 years and will give 10 to 20 years of drinking pleasure.




Tech Notes

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93 points Robert Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate - October 1993

Issue # 89

This is the finest Cabernet Sauvignon made at this highly respected estate since the 1973 and 1974. The broodingly opaque purple color is followed by a promising bouquet of cassis, smoke, and minerals. Exquisite purity of fruit, immense extraction, and excellent balance make this full-bodied, super-rich Cabernet a sure bet for 20-30 years of cellaring. The well-integrated tannin and whoppingly long finish are impressive. It was kept open for three days without showing a trace of oxidation. Anticipated maturity: 1998-2025.

California Grapevine - 1993

Medium-dark ruby color, attractive, rich, intense, slightly spicy, toasty, cedary, currant aroma with notes of vanilla and green olives; medium-full to full body; rich, concentrated, cedary. Black cherry fruit flavors; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Superior quality. This appealing Cabernet shows some maturity and is enjoyable to drink now. 17 pts (90 out of 100pts)

Connoissurs' Guide to California Wine 

Rating: 2stars

Rich, cassis-like fruit and extravagant oak combine nicely in a deep, well-proportioned aromas, and the generous flavors feature plenty of solid fruit that is always enriched by forthright oak. a gutsy wine, but never one challenged by excessive toughness or uncontrolled tannin, it finishes with nominal astringency and should develop handsomely for five to ten years.