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1995 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
The first wine of the last flight finally delivered, with a deep, smoky, earthy nose and heavy, underlying fruit. There was beef, plum, cassis and blackberry aromas, and its finish was the most serious of the night so far. Justin was thinking Colgin, while another wondered Pride Reserve. The style of wine was, indeed, mountainous, with a big presence of tannins and alcohol 95 points
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1995 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Réserve Spéciale

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
The seventh wine of the night and second of this flight was another stinky nose, pungent but not green. It was a good dirty with some coffee, earth and mild stalk aromas. The palate was round and easy, not terribly defining but still possessing tasty bell pepper flavors. It was one of Justin.s favorites, who sensed some Cabernet Franc and called it a .kinky, whips and chains wine 92 points
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1970 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
had the dubious distinction of being the first wine in the last flight. Bob said that this was B.V..s .last chance. here, and he took the words right out of my mouth! The nose showed more promise with its butter, caramel, honey, musk and oak aromas. The palate was fairly rich, hearty and spiny. The rich, caramel flavors, tannins and earth qualities were all solid. The 1970 saved B.V..s day, but it did not hold in the glass as well as its initial impression gave me 91 points
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1976 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
to be exact. The 1976 had a simpler nose, .the stewed tomato thing. Matt pinpointed, going on to call it .typical .76 B.V.. It did have some leather, chalk dust, carob and oak in its nose as well, and the palate was caramelized, possessing no tannins whatsoever anymore on its short finish. A touch of lemon juice and weird spice emerged in the nose, and Bob called it .undrinkable,. which he modified to .not that bad, but not pleasant.. The wine was average at this stage in its life 85 points
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1978 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
This was the only bottle NOT provided by my friends, as Andy discovered that he did not have it in his cellar after all, so we went on the internet and found the best-priced bottle we could find. It was shot. When it comes to wine, the best price on the internet is not necessarily a good thing DQ points
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1995 Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Sauvignon TLK Ranch

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
The first wine had a touch of bubblegum to its cassis and cedar aromas. There was sweet fruit and traces of tobacco, and that bubblegum touch became more definitive. It was perfumed and feminine in style with some traces of cherry fruit emerging. The palate had black cherry flavors to match and a lot of alcohol at first. The wine did not seem that well integrated but was still very good, although it did lack some fat in the middle. The wine became more exotic and cinnamon joined the party, but in the end the wine was more one-dimensional and simple than most of the other wines but still tasty. My brother James put his foot in his mouth while commenting to the group about this wine when he said that .number one comes too quickly in the mouth.. You can.t make these things up! 90 points
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1995 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Proprietor Grown

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
The next wine had a big, in-your-face nose with a hint of green as well as some smoke, earth, banana and coffee on the pot a little too long. The flavors and aromas reeked of Helen Turley. The wine was smooth, gritty and balanced yet somewhat simple overall in its personality, although the finish did gain in the glass for this bottle 93+ points
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1976 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
had the .same perfume of .78,. Bob noted right away. The 1976 seemed both more mountainous and ripe to me at first, and there were distinct charcoal, chocolate, cassis and nut-crusted bread aromas. There were some light traces of olives on the palate, which was very dry despite a flash of blackcurrant fruit. The palate was still rich, fleshy and gritty, and Adrian noted .a touch of mint 93 points
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1978 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
was .perfumy,. according to Bob. The nose was very sandy, minerally and leathery with some plummy fruit behind it and a touch of cedar and alcohol buried in its shy, wound personality. The wine was spicy on the palate, a bit hot in a sandpaper way. It had the biggest finish of any wine so far, and a .monster fruit profile. as Matt (who was in from Cali) noted. Some green olives crept in, but the fruit did continue to ripen as the wine expanded in the glass 94 points
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1995 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
The next wine caused Justin to comment that this was the .first blockbuster.. I saw it, as the wine was very aromatic in that showboat, opulent, banana split style that made me think Bryant or Colgin. The wine was very lush on the palate, smooth, elegantly long and fine. It was very tasty and sexy juice, which Justin called .exotic.. As the wine stayed in the glass, it became more and more upfront, 93 points
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1995 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
The lucky thirteenth wine of the night had my kind of nose, I wrote, with complexity and balance of fruit and finish. There was a touch of date, grilled meat, coffee, earth, some sort of nut syrup and caramel rounding out its delicious nose. The wine was tasty, balanced and smooth on the palate with similar flavors and nice grit and chalk components. It was another great show for the .regular. bottling of Dalla Valle 95 points
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1978 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
There was pure fruit full of grape and cassis, light earth and nut. The nose was incredibly youthful. There was good structure to the palate; the wine was very slaty, chalky and minerally, very much on the rocky and earthy side of the flavor wheel. There was good flesh to the finish, but overall the fruit was taut on the palate, and one could see the .volcanic. side of this wine, which did not hold as well in the glass as some of the other wines 91 points
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1995 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
We had made it two-thirds of the way through with the next wine, one that Justin noted had a .chemical/nail polish/varnish. thing happening, but in a good way. The nose was super chunky, meaty, smooth, chocolaty and full of cherry fruit. I found its fruit sexy with its caramel and chocolate in the nose. The palate was smooth and satiny with light grit. Our own Andy commented how there were .equal parts of fruit and stiffness,. and she went on to add that the wine was .long, but not as long as I.d love.. Hmmmmm. Someone else liked the .cotton candy. flavor 93+ points
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1970 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
had a .good stink,. according to Adrian. .Raw and uncensored?. I asked, playfully. The nose was rich, chocolaty, meaty and minty . sensing a signature style here? There were eucalyptus flavors and a sun-dried meat quality to its palate 94 points
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1974 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
Is there a more storied and fabled Cabernet in all of California? Perhaps the 1941 Inglenook, but there is a much smaller group of storytellers for that wine than the 1974 Heitz. This bottle lived up to the hype. It had .huge mint. in the nose, a veritable printing press for currency, I thought, and then I had my own flashback of Mouton Rothschilds from the .40s and .50s. Bob joked .a julep at Churchill Downs.. I think those are enough references for its minty qualities! The wine was meaty, rich, smooth, chocolaty and delicately spicy. The wine also gave me an acupuncture impression with its precision and prickle on the palate. Chocolaty, meaty and rich got written again by me . you get the idea 97 points
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1978 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
closed out the first flight with a very complex yet shy nose. There was some signature mint and eucalyptus, good tannins and alcohol there, and a little chocolate rounding out the nose. The palate was meaty, rich and hearty, younger than the Mondavi and more wound, but ultimately not as satisfying. Some floor wax/cleaner flavors marked it a bit 92 points
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1970 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Mountain

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
had a bit of a urinal aspect to its nose, that floor wax/chemical/anise gone bad thing all in one. The wine was quite tannic, and there were those same chemical flavors along with tree bark, leather and spice. The wine was a bit weird, but its chemical components did start to blend into its other qualities with time in the glass 92? points
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1974 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Mountain

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
had that pungent Mayacamas nose, I wrote. It was forceful, alcoholic and loaded with anise and mountainous, dark, dank, deep purple fruit . not a ripe purple, but rather a deep purple. The palate was very alcoholic, sturdy and long yet still smooth. The tannins were buried here, but definitely there 94 points
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1974 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
was an off bottle, although the nature of its .off-ness. was debated a bit; i.e., was it corked, cooked or miscellaneous other. I thought it was corked first and foremost DQ points
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1978 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
which had a fresh nose, was purple in color and had a nutty, bready quality with touches of caramel and chocolate. There was a touch of earth and minerals to its palate, which was full of rich, cassis fruit. The wine was meaty, rich and smooth with a kick of alcohol and integrated tannins. The wine was fully mature with good grit to its palate and a drop of honey 93 points
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1978 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
(they made a Sonoma this year as well) was again amazing, just like it had shown a couple month.s ago at an Angry Man dinner. The nose was rich, hearty and smoky, full of nut, cedar, cassis and plum. It left an intense impression with its rock solid t .n a, meaty core and marinated, grilled and medium-rare nose. There was great power to the palate, which was intense, full-bodied and long. The wine was balanced and gritty with a touch of emerging coffee flavors 95 points
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1995 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
The third wine in the first flight was more herbal and stinky, containing a bit of rotten, green fruit (a bit, I must stress). Justin pegged its .cranberry quality,. which it did have with its underripe notes. The nose was definitely dirty, possessing underlying redeeming qualities of cedar, earth and tobacco. The palate was sturdy and balanced but lighter, probably as good as it gets right now with its cedar, rock and earth flavors. The nose did blow off, and the wine did level out. I guessed Togni, 91 points
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1974 Mount Eden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
had a gorgeous nose full of fireplace and cinnamon aromas, spice, smoke, earth and oatmeal. Bob picked up on its .leather flavors,. and there was also nice touches of menthol and earth ones 93 points
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1975 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
also had an exotic nose, with that Italian pastry/marzipan quality in its bready and spiny nose. There was no mistaking its alcohol, and there were truffles and a scallop edge, I curiously wrote. The palate was sturdy, gritty, rough and rugged and seemed like it needed more time to open up. It was a touch dry, and the fruit was on the earthier side in the mouth 94+ points
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1976 Joseph Phelps Insignia

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, John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
had an exotic nose full of perfumed, leathery and nutty fruit. The wine was sexy with its perfumed cassis, plum and vanilla aromas. The wine had an incredible finish, a lip-smacking, great finish that was long, defined, gritty, sturdy and spicy. Jim had a .La Mission. flashback, and it was a good call as the wine did have that touch of gravel and ripe, chunky fruit of La Miss. The wine was indubitably great 96 points
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