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1996 Spring Mountain "Reserve" Napa Valley Red

SKU #990719 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark In 1996, a reserve cuvee had been produced, although it had not been named when I visited the winery. The 1996 Premier Reserve/Cellar Selection (850 cases from a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot) boasts an opaque purple color, followed by a textbook California Cabernet nose of mint, black currants, tobacco leaf, and spice. Dense, with dazzling fruit extract, full body, layers of concentration, moderate tannin, and a hefty, long but well-balanced finish, this appears to be slightly superior to the regular bottling, but it is in need of 4-5 years of cellaring. It should keep for 20-25 years. Inner quote mark (12/1998)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Slightly deeper red-ruby. Fruitier aromas of dark berries, black cherry, nutmeg and mace. Juicy, sweet and suave, with flavors of baking spices and mocha. Much less evolved than the regular bottling. Finishes long and ripe, with sweet, substantial tannins. This has very good spine for aging. An impressive showing. Inner quote mark (6/1999)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Shows off minty herb and fresh earthy currant aromas, with the flavors carrying over to the palate, where the texture is smooth midpalate, then firms up with well-structured tannins. Aging nicely.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective. (Web-2007) Inner quote mark

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