Author: Robert Parker
Production: 17,000 cases; Alcohol: 14.1% Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc; Harvest Dates: October 12 to November 11. A more mineral-dominated wine, the 1993 Private Reserve offers notes of cedarwood, black cherries, black currants, damp earth, underbrush and forest floor. It is the product of a lower than normal crop, some shatter during berry set and a general reduction of fruit by nearly 30% in some vineyards. August and September alternated between cool periods and large heat spikes. This was a challenging year, but the seemingly fully mature wine has turned out very well. Unlike 1992, 1991 and 1990, this vintage is best consumed over the next 5-7 years given its more fragile constitution.
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Author: James Laube
Smooth entry, with polished currant, cherry and cranberry fruit, picking up cedar and anise flavors, though it turns dry and the tannins grip tightly on the finish.--1993 California Cabernet retrospective. 11,500 cases made.
Tasted On: 01/02/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2013
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/05/2011
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/16/2011
From magnum. Dark purple-blue and almost opaque; very little browning at the edge. Scents of cedar, cassis, and masses of deep, sweet fruit just becoming secondary. Correct Napa cab richness and breadth. But a little heavier, clunkier and grainier in the mouth than one would hope - doesn't have the delineation, to say nothing of nobility or grandeur, of other early 90s vintages from this property (I've had better balanced PR from 1991, 1992, and 1994); comes off a bit like the 1990. More age won't hurt, but neither does it seem likely to help much.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/19/2010
Opened, decanted for one hour. Nose of leather and spice. taste of blueberries and other dark fruit. Very long finish. Opened up more with time in the glass.
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Tasted On: 05/29/2010
Time in the cellar has helped this wine, but wouldn't wait any longer.
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