1990 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Tremendous complexity, depth and richness, with sharply focused layers of currant, anise, cedar, tobacco and spice, firming on the finish, where the tannins are soft enough for the wine to be enjoyed now. (JL)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1990 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate... is a backward, but splendidly concentrated, broad, expansively-flavored, full-bodied Cabernet with a high level of tannin. Its stunning display of highly extracted, blackcurrant fruit judiciously wrapped in toasty oak is impressive. It is a 20-30 year wine. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Excellent ruby-red color. Less expressive, youthfully unevolved aromas of cassis, black cherry, tar and shoe polish, plus a varnish-like high tone. Strong in extract and quite dense but very tightly wrapped today. Slight suggestion of nutty herbaceousness. Finishes with substantial chewy tannins, but also very long on the palate. This showed more and more texture with extended aeration. A slightly more rustic wine than the '91, but one with a long and bright future.