Tasting Notes Palmer 1990
This was the finest bottle of the 1990 Palmer I have yet tasted, and it appears I slightly underrated it in earlier reviews. A complex bouquet of earth, blue and black fruits, licorice, incense, and spice box is followed by a round, silky, voluptuous wine that falls just short of achieving the depth and richness found in such recent vintages as 2000, 2005, 2006, and 2008. A very strong, fully mature effort, its balance, purity, depth, and texture suggest it will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 10-12 years. Release price: ($1100.00/case)
A moderate garnet hue. The nose is lacking some fruit concentration with decayed autumn leaves, tobacco and cedar. Very classic in style. The palate is medium-bodied, balanced but lacking some complexity. Supple mouth-feel with notes of black tea, autumn leaves and blackberry. Just rather enervated and bereft of vigour and 'effort'. A lackadaisical wine? Disappointing considering the vintage. Tasted October 2006. Drinking now.