“The wine is aged for 4 years with a minimum of two years in barrel and 4 months in bottle before release. The wine has hints of wild berries, chocolate and tobacco with a touch of violets and vanilla.”
“Fullish colour. Still quite closed in on the nose. Marvelous concentration on the palate. Full body, creamy and rich. Great class and marvelous fruit. Very, very long and energetic. Everything in place. A truly great wine.”
“Tasted at The Sampler’s Batailley vertical tasting in London with Philippe Castèja, the 1990 Batailley has a muted nose: tobacco, sage, mushroom and smoke aromas but lacking the rounded ebullient fruit one usually finds on this vintage. It begins to open with further aeration, with wild mint and graphite—becoming more Pauillac with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a bucolic entry, nice weight in the mouth, a dash of black pepper livening things up, fleshing out a little toward the savory, chestnut-tinged finish. This is the best bottle of 1990 Batailley that I have encountered. Tasted January 2011.”
Zenato - Wine Spectator
“Dusty and savory, an aging red with dried porcini mushroom, leather and ground spice on the nose, followed by subtle flavors of baked currant, tea rose and dried orange peel on the palate. Saline-tinged minerality shows on the finish.”
Deep red with ruby tinges and a pale rim. Complex, deep nose offers ripe red cherry, sweet pipe tobacco, flint and tar. Dense and suave on entry, then slightly more austere but with still plenty of fleshy, spicy red fruit flavors that linger impressively. The smooth tannins and lively acidity provide backbone to what is a larger scaled, rounder Turriga (the percentage of Carignano in the blend was slightly higher in this vintage). A knockout wine.
- Wine Advocate
“The 1990 Barolo Bricco Rocche Prapò is a fascinating wine that yields a better understanding of where the Nebbiolo trajectory would soon take Barolo after this landmark vintage. With fruit sourced from one of the best sites at the heart of the appellation in Castiglione Falletto, the wine shows a surprising degree of dark fruit concentration and textural richness. Ceretto was one of the first major estates to adopt a so-called ‘international’ approach to Nebbiolo with the use of smaller oak vessels for softening the grape’s notorious tannins. In this case, that extra heft and structure has very much helped to carry the wine forward over the years. Dark plum, prune, crushed granite and dried juniper berry flow generously from the bouquet. The wine is near the end of its drinking window, but still has some kick and pizzazz. In 1987, Ceretto moved its headquarters to the Tenuta Monsordo Bernardina location.”
- Wine Advocate
“The 1990 Barolo La Serra offers graceful tertiary highlights of spice, leather and coffee grinds contrasted against dark fruit nuances of pressed blackberry and plum. The years from 1988 to 1995 denote one of the most exciting phases in the history of this estate, when Roberto was furiously experimenting with a wide choice of oak styles and vessels to set the groundwork for what would eventually become his trademark (some call it ‘modernist’) style. This wine sees a combination of botte grande and barrique. What I most appreciate in the bouquet are the budding mineral notes of crushed granite and polished river stone that so perfectly frame the opulent core of fruit. Those drying mineral notes add a stunning veil of femininity and refinement. Roberto has seriously reduced vineyard yields over the past decades and estimates that the amount of fruit harvested in 1990 was roughly three times what he would typically pick today. Interestingly, the wine in no way feels over-cropped or watered-down. In fact, it boasts a firm tannic backbone, good intensity and a wonderful blast of black licorice on the lengthy close.”
Zenato - Vinous
“A highly representative example of the year, the 1990 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Sergio Zenato wraps around the palate with generous fruit. Prunes, Christmas spices, dried flowers and mint add complexity to the fruit on the enveloping, caressing finish. The 1990 has just a bit more depth and textual volume than the 1991, but it, too, appears to be best suited for drinking over the next few years.”
Prager - Wine Advocate
“A wine perhaps best savored on its own or with a suitably simple and uncomplicated foil dish because this is a full-on complex, cerebral mind-bender of a wine! Notes of honeyed nuts, toasted almonds, candied peel, musk perfume, crushed stones and preserved ginger tantalizingly beckon while the dry palate is laden with mature flavor layers and a racy acid line that injects life through the long finish. Gorgeous.”
The 1990 I Sodi di San Niccolò is flat-out great. It boasts tremendous concentration, power and richness. The 1990 can be enjoyed today, but readers who like fully mature wines will want to cellar this for another few years. A blast of dark cherries, flowers and licorice saturates the palate on the huge, building finish. This is a dazzling and marvelously complete wine from Castellare.