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One of the superstars of the vintage, Palmer's 1989 retains a dark plum/purple color with some pink and a hint of amber creeping in at the time. A big nose of charcoal, white flowers (acacia?), licorice, plums, and black currants comes from the glass of this elegant, medium- to full-bodied, very concentrated, seamlessly made wine. Gorgeous, seemingly fully mature, yet brilliantly balanced, this wine may well turn out to be a modern-day clone of the glorious 1953. Anticipated maturity now-2020
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998|
Palmer's 1989 is one of the vintage's great successes. The wine exhibits a dark ruby/purple color and a sweet jammy nose of black fruits intermingled with floral scents, licorice and a touch of truffles. Full bodied and supple, with low acidity, copious quantities of ripe fruit and glycerin, and a medium-to-full bodied, concentrated, harmonious, seamless texture, this is a gorgeous Palmer. It may turn out similar to this estate's brilliant 1962 and 1953. Although approachable, it will improve for another decade and last for 20-25 years. Last tasted, 11/96.
| ||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book|
Deep ruby color at the center, with a red edge. Shows lovely floral, berry and plum aromas and hints of earth. Full-bodied and chewy, with masses of tannins and a long, sweet and ripe berry aftertaste. Just peeking through the curtain. Great potential. Muscular-style Palmer.--1989 Bordeaux horizontal. Best after 2000.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, May 1999|
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