1991 Abreu Madrona Ranch Vineyard Proprietary Red - 750ml

1991 Abreu Madrona Ranch Vineyard Proprietary Red - 750ml

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1991 Abreu Madrona Ranch Vineyard Proprietary Red
Is anyone anywhere in the world making more consistently profound wines than the famous viticulturalist David Abreu and his long-time sidekick and assistant, former chef Brad Grimes? Working from relatively small sites, two of them adjacent to the back streets of St. Helena (the six-acre Cappella Vineyard alongside a cemetery and the home estate of Madrona Ranch at the base of Spring Mountain) to the co-owned vineyard with Ric Forman, the magnificent Thorevilos Vineyard behind the Meadowood Resort. There is also his own 2,000-foot elevation site on Howell Mountain.

These wines are all proprietary reds, probably containing at least 60-65% Cabernet Sauvignon, the rest largely Cabernet Franc with a little Petit Verdot and occasionally tiny amounts of Merlot. They spend a full two years in 100% new French oak and are bottled without any fining or filtration. They are exquisite examples of Bordeaux blends that are true first growths in every sense. So how do I go about describing these wines, which are so exciting and satisfying on both hedonistic and intellectual levels?


Product Details

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 1991
Rating 90 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Abreu Vineyards
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Robert Parker 90 RP - 1991 Abreu Madrona Ranch Cabernet Although virtually sold out readers should know that the 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dark opaque/purple color followed by a tight but promising nose of black fruits licorice Asian spices and smoke. Full-bodied and extremely youthful with plenty of tannin sweet rather than astringent and terrific length this is a classic beautifully balanced intensely flavored wine. Give it another 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the subsequent 2 decades. In tasting through all of Abreu's commercially available wines I was struck by how consistent in quality they are. The exceptional 1991 and 1992 have been followed by phenomenal wines in 1993 1994 1995 and 1996. Most of these wines are 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Cabernet Franc. The only exception is the 1995 which is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wines are worth owning I am putting my money where my mouth is. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 2007
Rating 100 RP
Barrels
French Oak 
Style
Bordeaux Blend
Owners
David Abreu
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Abreu Vineyards
Winemaker
Brad Grimes
Production
under 500 cases (approx)

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