Italian: 1986 was a very good year for Italian wines. The wines produced that year are generally quite consistent and there are some great Barolo wines from Piedmont.The wines have reached full maturity but will last for a few more years.
Bordeaux: 1986 was a great vintage for the wines produced in the northern part of Bordeaux (St Julien, Pauillac) where many of those wineries produced deep, concentrated wines that will mature over the following two to three decades. What marks the 1986 vintage is tannin. The tannins originate from the skins of those well ripened grapes which were left on the vines for several weeks before harvest. In vertical tastings the 1986 usually stands out because of this particular quality. The 1986 vintages are only reaching their peak now but will remain there for many years to come. 1986 wines are drinking well now and would grace the table of any 25th anniversary event.
Port: 1986 Port: No declaration of vintage. A good year that produced forward, fruit packed Quinta Vintage port wines that are at their best now and will remain so for many years.
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A lovely wine in a good place at the moment. Beautiful classic Brunello nose, with sweet cherries wedded to really savoury scents of earthy soy sauce accents, with lots of meat and ferrous bloody scents. On the palate, sweet dusky cherries made for a lovely attack, followed by dried earth, iron notes, lovely dried herb notes, earthy tones, a bed of slakey mineral and more meaty goodness. It put on more weight after an hour in the decanter, so that there was a delicious fruit sweetness to it. Balance was spot on, with a nice freshness keeping the wine light on its feet in spite of some richness. …
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Brunello de Montalcino is one of Italys most famous and most expensive red wines. It is produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, roughly translated as "nice dark one" is the unofficial name of the clone of Sangiovese used in production.
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St julien 4me cru classe
*** 92 Points Robert Parker ***
"This is just a great Beychevelle, certainly the best of the decade and an indication of just what this wine can do. A deep garnet hue. The nose is typical of the vintage: dense cedar and tobacco infused blackberry, a touch of gypsum, wet sand and wild hedgerow (almost like a the north Norfolk sand-dunes.) The palate is full-bodied with a liquorices tinged entry, firm tannins and structure and impressive concentration, one that would not embarrass Las-Cases! Muscular finish that maintains its sense of delineation and harmony. A great wine. Drink now-2020+." Tasted 2007, …
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St Estephe, 2nd Growth Classification
95 Points - Robert Parker
Reviews: "The 1986 is a highly extracted wine, with a black/ruby color and plenty of toasty, smoky notes in its bouquet that suggest ripe plums and licorice. Evolving at a glacial pace, it exhibits massive, huge, ripe, extremely concentrated flavors with impressive depth and richness. It possesses power, weight, and tannin." Parker, Wine Advocate 1994
"his bottle is similar to the one last year: dense, masculine, wet sand, austere on the nose, as if the wine is slamming a door in your face, but after a time there is a lovely touch of cardamom that develops. The palate suggests that it is worth cellaring, …
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The 1986 has continued to improve in the bottle. The deep garnet/purple color, forceful bouquet of smoky oak, exotic spices, and jammy fruit give it plenty of current appeal, but the tannins in the finish indicate this wine will last and improve.
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Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe
** 91 Points Parker ***
"The 1986 Latour has a deep ruby/purple colour, and a moderately intense bouquet of mineral-scented, blackcurrant fruit intermixed with the classic walnut scents that seem to emerge from Latour's well-placed vineyard. Although undoubtedly excellent, with medium to full body, fine concentration, and impressive length, by Latour's standards, the wine is not as brawny, chewy, or as densely packed with fruit as I would have expected in a vintage when the Cabernet Sauvignon excelled. Nevertheless, this wine should easily last 20-25 years." Parker Wine Advocate 1993.
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Margaux Premiere Grand Cru Classe
96 points - Parker
96 points - Wine Journal
"The 1986 Margaux continues to be the most powerful, tannic, and muscular Margaux made in decades. One wonders if the 1928 or 1945 had as much power and depth as the 1986? The black/ruby/purple color reveals no sign of age. The reluctant nose offers up aromas of smoky, toasty new oak and black currants, as well as a few flowers. The wine is mammoth, with extraordinary extract, superb balance, and a frightfully tannic finish. This is a Margaux of immense stature, made in a masculine, full-bodied style that is in complete contrast to the 1990. It should prove nearly immortal in terms of aging potential, but will it have the awesome potential I first predicted? Anticipated maturity: 2000-2050. …
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Margaux 3me Cru Classe
*** 93 Points Wine Journal ***
Reviews "This is one of the great Palmers of the 1980s, though it is several years since I last encountered it. Here, there is one word that springs to mind-class. Wonderful definition, a little reserved at first, but wonderfully defined with cedar, sandalwood and cigar box. The palate has firm tannins as you would expect from an -86, but it is married with Margaux femininity, leading to a lovely, supple finish with graphite and blackberry lingering on the back palate. Superb. Drink now-2018. Tasted November 2009." Neil Martin, Wine Journal
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Mastroberardino’s Taurasi is the estate’s most historically significant bottling, a reputation that is fully recognized by its status as one of Italy’s landmark wines. The sourcing its Taurasi bottling is exclusively from one vineyard, the 100-acre Mirabella site.
Hand selection of the grapes commences in late October and is generally completed in early November. The maceration period is conducted in stainless steel tanks and transpires over the course of three weeks. Thereafter, the wine is aged for 30 months in a combination of Slavonian oak and French oak barrique and is refined in bottle for an additional 18 months. …
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Qunita da Cavadinha 37.5cl Bottles
Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha is one of the finest vineyards in the Pinhão valley, one of the Upper Douro's finest Port-growing regions.
Very fleshy and elegant for a 1986 and as good as the impressive 1987. It may be one of the best 1986s. Excellent deep inky colour, with a nose of tar and berries, full-bodied, with ripe, fleshy fruit flavours, full tannins and a gutsy finish. Good grip." JAmes Suckling, Vintage Port (book)
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