Category Archives: 1989

1989 Clos de Bois Pinot Noir Napa Valley

closdebois_pinot I was baffled by this wine blind last week. Only thing I could tell was it had lots of bottle age on it. Very brown with orange rim, and again extreme rim variation. On the nose, very developed, medium intensity, date, fig, leather, meat stick, spice for days, chalky earthy component, with moderate oak. On the palate, dry, medium- tannin, medium acidity, medium body, balanced but well past it’s prime, and not showing much Pinot Noir traits. I called it Sangiovese from the early 90’s and felt reasonably happy with that.    

1989 Chateau Clerc Milan Pauillac

cht_clercmilonlabel This was a treat from Saturday night down at Daniel’s Leschi. A pretty nice four top brought this in and poured me a nice sample. Browning in color with serious rim variation. On the nose, aged bouquet, medium intensity, plum, fig, cigar box, clove, cardamom, pencil shavings, lots of basement and earth tones, with some oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, classic aged Bordeaux, with medium- tannin, medium acidity, very nicely balanced, and a solid finish. Complex and very drinkable, not too shabby for a twenty year old, if you have some I would drink before it turned twenty three.    

1989 Scloss Schonborn Riesling Rheingau Auslese


I brought this one to the blind tasting. It was easy for meVery beautiful orange amber color, of the highest intensity I have seen amongst whites. Crazy that this was once a white 0f platinum color. Will someone email me tomorrow to make sure I secure the last bottle to consume with some loved ones.
On the nose, sound, bouquet of med+ intensity, dried apricots, apple, orange peel, vinyl, stone, slight gasoline, no oak, lots of slate and earth. On the palate, med-sweet, medium+ intensity, peach, apricot, apple, orange, vinyl beach-ball, med+ acidity, very balanced, and very long finish. This wine could stand up to the more spicy end of Asian cuisine, and would be insane with suckling pig.    

1989 Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac


I have said for a while that this is one of my favorite Chateau’s, first growth quality without the price. Well it looks as if times have caught up a bit with this Chateau, the Market has recognized the importance of high octane producers that can also deliver on power or maybe finesse. Cool Persian guy with two ridiculously beautiful daughters brought this in and let me sample. 89 was great, but not great compared to how great 88 and 90 were, whatever that means. Browning ruby, serious rim to core, of medium- intensity of color. On the nose, bouquet, dark mysterious earth, old saddle leather, and spice, like cardomom and ground clove and ginger. On the palate, dry, and serious mocha coffee emerged and buried the earthiness. Randy said this wine was not nearly as good when it was released.    

1989 Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera del Duero


Legendary wine from a the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. The story goes you could only get this wine as a gift from the king or queen of Spain, and has enjoyed this reputation of being really hard to get. Sometimes merits the attention, this time not so much. Beautiful garnet color with orange to browning edges, medium intensity. On the nose, medium intensity bouquet of stewed plums, figs, pipe tobacco, serious dirty, and a hearty dose of American oak. On the palate, dry, med intensity, just not that exciting, fruits faded, silky mouthfeel, pretty wine, not worth the price the back vintages are going for.    

1989 Cos d Estournel St Estephe

Browning edges and a nice ruby color. Bouquet all the way, fruit, red currant and cherry, were present but away in the background. Tomato leaf, bitter chocolate, stemmy, pencil shavings, smoke, and spice. On the palate, this wine floored me. It was very silky and great acidity and balance. The tannins are softening, perhaps no the much structure left. I would drink this wine now if you got it.    

1989 Dominus

A couple brought this into my work and were nice enough to share a glass with me. This wine crushed. Everything was integrated, subtle plums and raspberry, eucalyptus, cedar, cigar box bittersweet chocolate, chalkiness, smoothed out tannins, and well integrate oak. Wish I had a lot of this in my cellar.