Red Wine, Vintage 1991
Eisele Vineyard, Napa Valley
VinTank Wine ID
840-0075-000365-01-1991-0-0001 (permalink, short)
Bottle 750mL (750mL)
Bottle Date:8/1/93; Release Date:10/1/94
VinTank Product ID: 840-0075-000365-01-1991-0-0001-03-5
Wine Advocate - 95
Review 2/15/97: I had inserted this wine in a blind tasting. I did not know where it would appear, but I knew it would be in the tasting, and I was able to pick it out when it was served. However, the rest of the tasters thought it was a large-scaled Bordeaux ...
Wine Spectator - 95
Review 1/1/02: A dark, profoundly rich and compelling wine, still showing pretty toast and mocha-scented oak a plush, opulent, beautifully defined core of currant, plum and blackberry. Finishes with a gorgeous array of complex, vibrant fruit aromas. Remarkably youthful, worthy of further cellaring and seemingly capable of lasting another 15 years or ...
The 1991 growing season began with a wet spring, followed by a long, cool summer. The slow, even ripening produced grape quality rich in character. Warmer than normal weather late in the season led to excellent harvest conditions, and selective picking made for a fine crush. The grapes were harvested on October 8 and 9, 1991 at excellent physiological ripeness, fermented in stainless steel tanks for 18-21 days, then aged 22 months in 100% new French oak, Chateau-style barrels. The wine was bottled in August 1993.
The wine shows the distinctive Eisele Vineyard characteristics of rich currant, black cherry, chocolate and mineral, complemented by nuances of anise, bay, cedar and toffee. What strikes consulting winemaker Tony Soter most notably is the wine’s “textural opulence”: The wine is exceptionally dense and concentrated yet supple, with fine integrated tannins and a lingering finish reminiscent of wet granite or slate. The wine is elegant, rich and balanced, but still reserved; it will continue to evolve in complexity and age in the manner of the classic Eisele Vineyard cabernets.