1990 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Not as concentrated as the 1982, or as most of the vintages made since 2001, the 1990 Cos has reached full maturity. It exhibits sweet berry fruit intermixed with spice box, herbs, and spring flowers. Expansive, round, and sensual, with wonderful purity as well as lushness, this irresistible wine can be enjoyed over the next 6-10 years. (RP)
Refined with dark fruits with delicate spice and leather notes. It's full to medium-bodied, with fine tannins. It is a little funky. I would drink it.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full medium ruby. Perfumed aromas of cassis, redcurrant, plum, minerals, coconut and violet. Lush, dense and gentle; rich and chocolatey. With so much baby fat, this wine appears to miss out on ultimate clarity and grip. But finishes tight, with a touch of austerity and nicely restrained sweetness. Still quite young. Drink 2005 through 2020. 92+ (ST)
The estate is planted to 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot. The percentage in the final blend varies from vintage to vintage, with a house rule that only vines that are more than twenty years old make it into this flagship wine. The 1990 is dark-colored with aromas of spice and sandalwood and structured to age beautifully. 95 points Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at the Cos d’Estournel dinner at St. John. This has always been such an impressive wine, but it has also always been a Cos that is determined to have a long life, hence after 19-years it remains far more backward and tannic than its contemporaries. It has a deep garnet core, broody and tight, touches of black olive, chimney soot, dusty bureau and scorched earth. Very well defined. The palate is full-bodied with a dense, robust structure, a firm tannic frame that will see this comfortable through 30+ years. Masculine, a clenched fist of a wine and yet there is undoubtedly great balance and focus with notes of blackberry and pain grille. Powerful and broad-shouldered on the finish, it opens wonderfully in the glass. Approaching maturity, you could pop this now but I’d prefer to wait another 2-3 years. Drink 2012-2030+ Tasted March 2009."