This wine is very alive yet subtle, sharply defined while smoothly put together, and entering its prime. The nose is awash in cedar, pine needles, graphite, ash red cherry, and dark plum notes. On the palate, the red cherry character takes over, along with pine and dried cranberries lingering long on the finish. The fine tannins are present as a background, and the acidity is taut, holding it together. This is a complex, old-school , multi layered Cabernet Sauvignon.
"The 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of the magic that can develop in a great wine over time. Miraculously timeless, the 1986 shows just how beautiful wines from this hillside property are. Sweet herbs, dried flowers, red stone fruits and tobacco linger on the translucent, weightless finish. The 1986 turns soft, delicate and a touch fleeting over time, but it is still quite pretty and an excellent choice for drinking over the next decade or so. Today, the 1986 is a real stunner."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni