“Slightly evolved amber-red color. Subdued aromas and flavors hint at red cherry and botanical herbs. Soft and savory, this offers a large and broad mouth-feel but with slightly clunky tannins. Becomes increasingly austere with aeration, and with a bitter note on the medium-long finish.”
Zenato - Vinous
“The 1991 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a pretty, feminine wine. Stylistically, it opens the door in this vertical tasting to the wines of early 1990s and late 1980s that were made with higher yields and lower dry extracts than is the norm today. Dried herbs, crushed flowers, mint, cherries and leather are some of the notes that emerge over time. There is a lot to like in the 1991 Riserva, but the wine is now fully mature and needs to be drunk.”
The 1991 Taurasi Radici comes across as a touch rustic, with less fruit than the 1992 and a lithe, somewhat stern personality. Scents of earthiness, game and licorice convey an impression of classicism.
Montevetrano - Wine Advocate
The 1991 Montevetrano is a bit of an anomaly in this vertical as it is the only vintage that does not contain any Merlot. The vines had only recently been planted and Imparato and Cotarella simply felt the plants were too young. Not surprisingly, the 1991 is a touch rustic, particularly in this context. This is a decidedly powerful Montevetrano with elements of firmness and austerity from the greater percentage of Aglianico that come through from time to time. Still it is impossible to ignore how well the 1991 has aged. There isn't a sign of oxidation anywhere in sight. Mint, licorice and anise linger on the finish. This is without question an impressive showing for the debut vintage of Montevetrano.
The 1991 is another soft, open Turriga. Here the fruit tends towards the darker end of the spectrum, with pretty suggestions of spices, cedar, tobacco, menthol and herbs. The 1991 reveals gorgeous inner perfume and an impeccably refined personality.