1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Two great back to back vintages are the 1990 and 1989. The more developed 1990 boasts an incredible perfume of hickory wood, coffee, smoked meat, Asian spices, black cherries, and blackberries. Lush, opulent, and full-bodied, it is a fully mature, profound Beaucastel... (RP)
*Top 100 of 1993, Highly Recommended* A generous, concentrated, intensely fruity Chateauneuf that blends mouthfilling flavors with complex cedar, spice and leather accents. Sturdy tannins and solid acidity mark this as a good candidate to cellar.
Rich and pungently, sweetly spicy with no rough edges by now and a certain powdery texture overlaying all that richness. No hint of horse. Very sweet and rewarding. (18/20 points)
93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The 1990 Beaucastel is still very youthful with an ebullient, cassis-driven bouquet that flourishes with aeration, secondary aromas of bacon fat and wild mushroom, later dried blood, bubbling up to the surface with time. The palate is full-bodied with fleshy, yet there is patently good backbone underneath all that precocious fruit that is neatly counterbalanced by the acidity. It has a sweet finish that remains youthful and it is not as bretty as other bottles I have encountered. Delicious. Tasted January 2013."