Tasting Note                         

93    1990 Ridge York Creek CabSauv     3/21/03 ($20)

80% Cab, 15% Merlot, 5% CabFranc 13.6% alc
Color: Deep garnet with enough onion skin to indicate total peakness. (3.5) Bouquet: Intricate with power, but restrained. White chalk, ripe cassis and blackberry with a touch of ink. A fine old claret that’s very Bordeaux in style. (4.0) Body: Excellent intensity for 12.5 years old with enough stuffing to live several more years, but has a dry, chalky and tannic edge due to fading fruit (drying out a bit). Still relatively balanced and elegant. (3.0) Flavor: Has the somewhat earthy edge of York Creek that I often find to be reminiscent of St. Estephe. Good acidity propels the blackberry and cassis fruit, but the terroir and tannins require a bit more fruit. (2.5) Finish: Has wonderful tangy acidity to propel the fruit for more than 30 seconds. Old claret nuances of black ink with spicy York Creek terroir and prevalent tannin. (3.0)
Overall: Excellent. I first drank this when it was three years old. Back then it was more about vibrant young Cab fruit with good tannins and elegance for its size. It still has elegance, despite the terroir and tannin. This wine was great from about 8-11 years old, but has started to dry out in the last year or so. Still a solid excellent and very enjoyable. I have drunk every vintage of this wine from ’77-’90 (except ’89) and ’93 (the last of them – owner decided to make his own Cabernet). It has often achieved an excellent rating (90-94) from me, but only ’90 and ’78 achieved greatness (at least at the times I drank them). This is a wine that I will miss! Maybe we’ll get lucky and Fritz Maytag’s version will keep up the quality. (16.0)