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 Vintage1985 Label 1 of 5 
TypeRed
ProducerRenaissance (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationReserve
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSierra Foothills
AppellationNorth Yuba

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1998 and 2005 (based on 1 user opinion)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Renaissance Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve on the Wine Market Journal.

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Community Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 7 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by coremill on 4/21/2014 & rated 89 points: Has held up very well. Red currant and cedar and pine, plenty of fruit still, mature. Not a lot in the mid palate but not hollow either. Some drying tannins on the finish, and better with food than without. Time to drink up. (645 views)
 Tasted by puppetclause on 11/3/2013: Received as a gift. Fully mature but still with big california fruit dominating the profile. Nose of deep purple fruit, herbs, and a slightly maderized nose. Plush and juicy initially, it falls off with a bit of a flat/watered down mid-pallet. Cherry, blackberry, slight herbs de provence. Finishes more chewy and watery than I would expect. Probably past it's time, and not my favorite profile for a cab. (665 views)
 Tasted by Steinvs on 11/9/2010 & rated 94 points: Great taste dessert wine (1568 views)
 Tasted by greenblanket on 3/17/2010: We opened this along with three other older Cali cabs to go with our recreation of a classic steakhouse dinner of deeply crusted grilled rib eyes, potatoes Delmonico and glazed vegetables. It had lots of structure left with nice fresh acidity and surprisingly firm tannins still in place. The black fruit was fully mature but still lively and was nicely accented by mineral and herbal flavors. I thought it was pretty damn amazing for a twenty five year old wine. Outstanding. (1687 views)
 Tasted by greenblanket on 10/11/2008: About all that's left here is a suite of disagreeable high toned odors and flavors. Long gone. (1660 views)
 Tasted by dbp on 10/16/2007 & rated 90 points: I got this bottle from a friend 7 years ago, and since then it has been severely abused. It has been with me through several moves, just sitting in a desk drawer. All in all, it has probably seen 50+ days of 90+ degree temperatures, with several of those above 100 degrees (yes, inside the house, and in direct sun). Soo... let's see how it does. The cork was fairly good at the top, but disintegrated as I pulled it out. Took a few attempts, but I got it all out with the cork screw, in about 6 pieces. Amazingly I don't believe this wine is damaged at all! Decanted but began drinking only 30 minutes later. Smells a little bit musty, but blueberries are shining through, if a bit dirty. After 3 hours open, organic motor oil comes through as well. On the palate, very rich blueberry, and huge mouth feel. Feels like I actually have fruit in my mouth. Finishes with a bit of fruit and tartness, but more dirt and huge dusty tannins. Really feels like I just swallowed a mouth full of dust, and you're left with a huge dryness. Finish is very short (10 seconds?). This is obviously towards the end of its life, but has held up very well, and is quite tasty. A very fun experience, considering I know this bottle's ugly history. (1709 views)
 Tasted by yhn on 2/3/2006 & rated 90 points: This is classic old school Cal Cab. Very dark, showing little age. Quite mature, dense fruit with dusty tannins. Drink now. (1778 views)

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