1990 Phélan Ségur, St-Estèphe
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted the UGC journalists’ dinner; the Phelan Segur has a mature, almost meaty bouquet with mulberry and scorched leather aromas. One can discern the heat of the season with hints of fig and raisin that remains in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with loose-knit, rather furry tannin and a fleshy, soft mouthfeel. It does not have great breeding, but it has a charming savoury finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. I would not leave this much longer, but it is drinking perfectly now. (NM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated medium color, with a hint of brick. Expressive, somewhat roasted aromas of smoke, tobacco, clove and leather. A wave of ripe, velvety fruit currently offers limited delineation of flavor, but there's a spine beneath that flesh. Fruit currently overshadows substantial ripe, dusty tannins. (ST)
Slightly rustic wine, but well-concentrated. Dark ruby color. Plenty of berry, cherry and tar aromas that follow through to a full-bodied palate with firm tannins and a ripe fruit finish.