Friday, December 2, 2011

Inglenook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 1990

Inglenook is a legendary name in Napa Valley wines, but the reputation had dimmed considerably by 1990. Most of the property had been purchased by Heublein, and only the Inglenook Cask label continued to maintain a semblance of the quality established by Inglenook in the 1960s. This 1990 I bought mainly on the recommendation of Dick Scheer, owner of Village Corner in Ann Arbor. According to Dick, this 1990 regular bottling, selling for about $8 to $10 a bottle, displayed qualities hailing back to the Inglenook Cabs of old. I know of no one whose opinion I would trust more. So I bought the wine, and tonight I'm thanking Dick one million times for the good advice.

Deep ruby with good brilliance and clarity and minimal browning. Plums, currants, mint, cedar--classic and beautiful. At 21 years of age, this wine may be just coming into its own. On the palate, there is more of the same. Smooth, elegant and slightly warm. The flavors are exactly what you expect from a good Napa Cab, and they are so beautifully defined. Very long finish. This is a special wine, and I see no reason to hurry to drink it.

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