For the past few years, I've had the idea of getting some 1990's to open up on my 30th birthday. Lot of age for some wines and regions, but 1990 was also a spectacular vintage for many regions world wide- the grapes must have known I was coming ;)
Does anyone have experience with this year from any region? Any place or producers I should start hunting down?
Any tips are helpful,
1990 is my birth year too! My wine director brought me back a bottle of 1990 Prunotto 'Bussia' Barolo...lemme tell you that it was one of the best wines I have ever had.
Interesting factoid--Grand Siecle is meant to be consumed upon release and not aged any futher--not that LP makes this well known or publicizes it. Jancis Robinson talks about it in this article www.jancisrobinson.com/.../champagne-cussedness
Same birth year! I've been on a similar quest recently, and have picked up some bottles of '90 Diamond Creek, various sites, for a decent price on WineBid. Haven't cracked into them yet, but super excited to do so. I also got a bottle of '90 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Camp Gros Martinenga on a whim and it was one of the best bottles with age that I've had! I just bought another one and am hoping it shows just as well.
Only a Rudd winner would know this ! LOL
Not that they'll be anywhere near as expensive as the top end of your budget, but I've had a number of GGs from the Rheingau from 1990 that were absolutely singing. And nowhere near as expensive as that 1990 champizzle, either
Everyone's thinking wine, how about spirits?
Armagnac is always overlooked and many vintage examples can be gotten at for a reasonable price. I can't speak for your personal location/circumstances but BBR has this 1990 for £84 - www.bbr.com/products-952619-1990-armagnac-j-nismes-delclou
Fond memories of 88 leoville-barton for my 30th; call me old fashioned but for the big days I love going Bordeaux. I would also accept Jamet, and Krug.
Easy, find yourself a 1990 Comte Georges du Vogue Musigny Vielles Vignes. Pricy, but very likely the best wine I’ve ever had.
Also a product of the 1990 here. While I would definitely highlight nebbiolo from Piemonte and even Lombardia as well as riesling from most regions and duh of course burgundy...and northern rhone...oh man we're getting carried away here. Working closely with domestic wines for the past year and beyond I would definitely suggest giving California a shot. The prices can be somewhat reasonable and it was truly an elegant vintage that produced many wines to age. Some particular highlights: Corison, Dunn, Spottswoode, Diamond Creek 'RRT' and Dominus. There's some fun stuff to be had on Winebid if you're willing to take a gamble.
Some of my favorite 90's I've been fortunate enough to taste: Lynch Bages, Mascarello 'Monprivato', Giacosa 'Monfortino', Y'Quem, Latour, ArPePe 'Sassella - Rocce Rosse', Clos des Goisses.
Although rare, there have been single vintage bottlings of Grand Siecle such as the 1990.
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