Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateThe 1961 Palmer has long been considered to be a legend from this vintage, and its reputation is well-deserved. Never anything less than superb, the bouquet is extraordinarily full of black fruits, spices, oak, minerals, cedar, and coffee. In the mouth, the wine has that compelling multidimensional richness and expansive, sweet, powerful finish. It is a magnificent wine, and everything its reputation suggests. Anticipated maturity: Now-2000.
Stephen Tanzer's IWCFull medium red. Great sweet, mature nose of redcurrant, rose petal, truffle and underbrush, with some exotic tarry merlot showing. Wonderfully sweet and concentrated, with a hint of the liqueur-like quality of the vintage. This reminded me of a great old bottle of Hermitage. Finishes with powerful sweetness and uncanny persistence. This was one of the handful of wines that completely dominated the scorecards of both groups of tasters. Drink now through 2015. Review Dated 2002.