The depth and richness of older Cabernets vary from year to year, but they are often astonishingly intricate yet together wines when fully developed. The 1989 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon is just entering those prime years. It will remain in good form for several more years but there is no need to wait. The blend of 3% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc gives it a balance and dimension that enhance the already great appeal of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape.
Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot
"A big, rustic wine, the 1989 Cabernet Sauvignon (bottle #2) hits the palate with masses of dark stone fruits, smoke and spice. The 1989 is intense, carnal and direct, but it doesn't have the complexity or nuance of the better years. In this tasting, it suffers a bit in comparison with some of the more well rounded vintages, but it is compelling if taken on its own."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni