Tasted Friday, December 15, 2006 by Nanda with 448 views
The Wine Flock gathered for an interesting and educational tasting of California Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the 1970s. As a group, the wines were alive, kicking and rewarded ~30 years of patience. For me, there were a a few outstanding bottles in the bunch ... and many solid wines.
The group in general was pleased and surprised with the wines' performance. Some notable insights included: (a) subtlety of alcohol [most in the 12 to 13% range], (b) their resemblance to Bordeaux rather than current day Cal Cabs and (c) the wines' ability to sustain / improve with a couple of hours of air.
All wines after the welcome whites were tasted blind.
Performed heads-and-tails better than another 79 BV GdL bottle later in the tasting. Brian passed along some comments from RP where he noted BV in the late 70s stood for "bottle variation" --- case in point tonight.
The first outstanding wine for me. Much more complete than the first three.
Another outstanding wine --- and so much upside left. Excellent experience ... thanks Frank! Group's WOTN.
This one squeaked into the theme ... but no one was complaining.
A great ringer --- but one that many nailed as non California. A tremendous and unique nose.
My WOTN. This was a real treat. At once both youthful and elegantly mature. There was some talk that a Heitz Martha's was in the line up and many guessed this was it due to its pronounced eucalyptus notes.
The only real stinker of the lot.
The Weil is on another level --- it'll be a thrill to drink my remaining three over a long, long period of time! Ken also had a non-descript 75 Sauternes that was over-the-hill --- but still fun to taste blind.
What a great view into the wines of a bygone era --- thanks to all for the wines and company!