Drank this at a wine dinner along with a 2007. It started out with a lot of "barnyard". Spun it in my Vino Volve and it cleared out. Solid but slightly past the peak. The 2007 obviously had much more fruit, but you could clearly tell they both had the same DNA.
Ranked #6 of 6 Cab of the evening. This wine was past its prime. The barn yard on the nose and palate detracted from all the other wonderful flavors. We all agreed this '97 was past its prime and the '07 was a little early. While 10 years apart, you could tell they had the same DNA.
Nose: dark fruit, licorice, earth. Palate: Showed black fruit, currant, chocolate, cassis notes in a solidly structured wine. Well rounded solid wine. Enjoyed with elk steaks. This wine was tasted with a total of six people with a 1993 & 2001 vintages of the the BV CS Geroges de Latour. All 6 people rated the 1997 1st. The wine was opened for 1 1/2 hours and then decanted for 1 1/2 hours before tasting. Tasted over the next hour from that point.
Purchased on release. Decanted 30 minutes before pouring. -- Color: Deep garnet with a ruby rim. – Nose: Black fruit, licorice, plum, earth. – Palate: Currant and black cherry, plum, earth, with a raisin like finish; the latter less noticeable with food (i.e., filet mignon); initially a whiff of TCA (???), but faded away. Smooth tannin; acidity present but in check. Did not show as well l as I had hoped; a few bottles remain. (13.5% abv)
Dinner with Friends (Chris and Renee's): Bought on release at Sam's Club back in the day. After buying I tasted other bottles and found them over oaked, so this went to the back of the line. At almost 20, it was time to check it out. Seems to be in a great space now. Opened about 10 hours before dinner. Decanted for sediment on hour prior. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has an initial stink that blew off after an hour or so. Cassis, tobacco, some dried wood, some forest floor and slight barnyard. On the palate, great texture. Wonderful complexity. Layers of fruit and earth. Still a voluptuous texture but good cut. The oak remnants are mostly on the nose and texture. Worked great with dinner. Nice finish.
Drank with friends over dinner. Held its own amazingly well up against two huge Napa Cabs not even close to half it's age. Color was a gorgeous ruby with plenty of fruit still. A great bottle from a great vintage.
First round of wine at the Christmas Eve get together at my parents. Drank next to a 2000 Opus One. Really nice dark red and black fruit. Smooth mid-palate yet solid depth especially in light of the age. Fairly deep/long lasting finish. Typical BV Georges "old world" flair mid-palate and with the finish. Decanted for 4 hours.
Color still a nice ruby red, with no sign of age. Nose has plum, with a bit of raisin element, although none of that on the palate. Nice burst of red berry and some sweet candied notes. Not "big", which sometimes is a pleasure. But not special.
opened, decanted and let breathe for about 45 min. Opened nicely with wood, earth and caramel notes underneath solid fruit. A tad sour. The nose was odd-musty, ashy almost powdery. Maybe nearing the end, maybe a tad off. As it sat, more chocolate and syrup qualities. I will open my remaining bottles soon...
Opened and decanted. Minimal sediment. Beautiful color. A bit closed and overly spicy at first, but opened beautifully over next hour. Broad and smooth flavors. Still a big wine with a bit of time left.
Medium bodied but with a big round mouthfeel. Still showing ripe fruit along with Rutherford dust, and dried fruit, with some dark cherry and white oak undertones. I don't think this wine is going anywhere but drinking perfectly now. Drank w filets w horseradish crust, Swiss chard, roasted cauliflower and potatoes au fondant, along with two '97 Bordeaux and the '97 montelena estate and it was a real standout. The '97 chateau trotanoy pomerol and this did the best with the rich meal.
Near perfection at this point. IMO at peak, drink now. Perfect balance, soft tannins, lush red and black fruit with a very nice bouquet of currants and ripe fruit. Velvety smooth with a very long finish.
I really think this is finally, at long last, the last bottle. Engraved bottle 59 of 100 bought on release at the BV Reserve tasting room. Probably have drank over 2 cases since release, sold a few, then couldn't sell any because of the JL cork scare...then had to drink the rest, oh darn. Never had a corked bottle. Interesting mature Napa cab note with the never fading white oak and red licorice. Excellent balance with the mature red notes complimenting instead of dominating the beautiful wine this was young. Still medium plus bodied with full red cherry flavors mixed with a bit of black fruit, running into a full, but still chalky tannic finish. Aiken built a beauty, drink now and enjoy the last of this great vintage.
Lovely nose of dusty earth, orange zest, cinnamon, and black cherry fruit, very aromatic, more of the same on the palate, almost inky, smooth, supple, mouth filling, medium/big body, medium/long finish. At its peak, good for the next 7 years.
Decided to compare a top notch, well known, consistent, and highly regarded Napa Cabernet from two outstanding vintages, 1997 and 2007. This is the last bottle of four purchased in late 2007. Memory reminds me that had I taken detailed notes during the earlier tastings up through late 2008, I would have rated this around a 94-95; it was outstanding. Both bottles (1997 and 2007) have been stored in a 55 degree wine refrigerator since purchase.
Stood up unopened for 45 minutes after pulling from cellar, let breathe opened for 45 minutes and then decanted for another 30 minutes before pouring. Throwing a bit of sediment but not excessive. Still a vibrant dark purple color without noticeable signs of bricking. Big earthy nose of a mixed vegetable garden, spicy herbs, musty wet leaves, boot leather, along with some tomato and faint vestiges of red berry and ripe plums. Well aged and very mature with integrated, but still structured tannins; still shows a great mouth feel. Solid structure culminating with a medium plus finish.
The fruit is definitely fading, although there are still enough tannins left to carry this for a short while. Clearly not fruit driven at this juncture, but reflects an excellent example of a very mature Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Still has enough stuffing to complement a grilled Ribeye steak. This should drink for a couple more years, but sooner is better than later, by the end of 2014 is recommended.
Lovely nose of burnt orange, cinnamon, and black cherry fruit, very aromatic, hints of dust, spice, and mushroom on the nose, more of the same on the palate, almost inky, smooth, supple, mouth filling, medium/big body, medium/long finish
Decanted 45 minutes before tasting. Clear dark garnet. Classic bouquet of black cherries, creme de cassis, anise, vanilla, forest floor. Full body on the palate, rich and generous, balanced and seamless, with long finish. Fresh and pure. Has improved over the last five years and probably still on the upswing.
I found the bootle to be showing a lot of age, and quite frankly....over the hill. Very Bordeaux on the nose, but fruit and tannic structure long gone. If you have any of these left, you have waited too long.
From memory. Nice classic nose and flavor profile. Very typical Napa cab with god acidity and strong nose of baking spices. Overall very pleased. Had along with 1991 Ridge, 1990 Forts de LaTour. More than held its own. Better nose than Ridge MB, better body, structure and finish than Forts.
Big, sweet nose with youthful, dark color to the rim. Musty, in a good way, with gobs of sweet plums, cotton candy, and creamy oak. Chewy texture with silky, integrated tannins on the palette but lacked the depth and intensity shown on the nose. Medium finish. I guessed this was a merlot-based wine because of the plumy roundness, but evidently this was made with nearly 100% cab. Overall the score is mostly based on the extraordinarily rich and expressive nose.
A wine that shows how well a Napa wine can age for over a decade and not lose a step. Cherry, cedar, dust and minerals. Tannins are soft and this possesses a medium to long finish. A dead ringer for an aged Bordeaux wine and this should drink well for a few more years but honestly why wait!
Had this for dinner with my wife to accompany a medium rare steak. Did not decant it (it didn't need it). The wine still had good fruit and tannins and did not fade over the 45 minutes it took to consume. Overall this wine held up well since it was purchased and cellared.
Superb Cabernet at the height of its powers after 15 years, but certainly could be aged another 5. Decanted for a scant 15 minutes before dinner. Beautiful nose of dark fruit, menthol, forest floor, with some black pepper. Well balanced tannins, extremely smooth drinking; the waiter and sommelier both tasted and agreed it was fantastic. Long finish, perfect with my block New York cut steak.
Med garnet color with a slight tawny edge. No decanting needed. First whiff, there is a slight tint of port or is it madeira? (thought of oxidation for a second) and then lots of secondary aromas emerged: mushroom, leather, dark red fruit at the background supporting the symphony. The taste is quite unique, it is firm yet silky, with a medium body and medium - tannin making it an elegant wine to pair with our steak main course with a med + finish. All three wines we tasted at lunch has very unique and interesting profile. Great way to start the holiday weekend. Cheers to TH and IL!!!
Easter Lunch with JL, TH (California Cabs/blends) (On Lot 10, Hong Kong): This wine was a surprise. JL brought this to lunch, and with the faded crinkled label and worn capsule with distinct scuffing, it looked as if this bottle might have served in the Clone Wars fighting alongside Obi-wan himself. JL herself wasn't sure if it was still any good, but she need not have been concerned. Popped and poured, it was a dusty dark ruby colour with clear amber at the rim, clearly mature! Initially, the nose had a distinctly port-like feature with a faint tinge of sandalwood, but what eventually unfolded was a sonorous dried berry and mature leather bouquet typical of so many mature Bordeaux. Mind bogglingly complex flavours unfolded on the palate, with dashes of mocha, iron and Chinese traditional-medicine dried root notes interspersed among the typical cabernet cassis and dark berries. With the lively fruit and fine-etched tannin nicely in balance, this wine is fully mature and drinkable but I wouldn't be surprised if it remained so for another decade. Very enjoyable -- the Force is strong in this one!
Napa Cabs (Edina, MN): Very dark red/purple color with a 1-2mm clear meniscus. No decant, slow-O for about 6 hours. Drank 2 glasses over 2.5 hours. Gorgeous wine, beautiful mature Bordeaux-esque nose, perfumed with sweet flowers, lots of damp earth, dark cherry, cassis, dusty. The palate is very elegant, soft and feminine, cassis, black cherry, mineral, nice fine grained tannins , well balanced, medium bodied, long on the finish. This is in a great place right now. It will last a few years more, but why wait unless you have the numbers. My and group WOTN.
This bottle was past its prime. Decanted and sipped immediately, then waited 1/2-1 hour. Slightly rust colored. Nice aroma in glass, but tasted flat and slightly bitter. Don't think bottle was corked, just not very good. Had another bottle of same vintage 2-3 years ago, which was superb.
Drinking nicely but underwhelming. Nose was very soft with savory and musty barnyard dominating--but not corked. Very reserved berry fruit with a slightly sharp finish even after 45 minutes post decanting. Disappointing for this winery and vintage.
Outstanding wine. incredibly vibrant and balanced...popped and poured. Immediately jumps out of the glass with black cherry, spice, cigar box, a hint of eucalyptus and vanilla. Palate is black fruit, cassis, vanilla and a touch of oak. Soft tannins wrap the long finish. A true gem with plenty of life left, but don't hesitate to drink now. Very impressive wine.
It drank well immediately without decanting. Deep mocha and berries on nose and a very pleasant taste on the palate. It lasted well throughout the three hours we took to consume bottle and mixed well with our food which was chicken in a peanut sauce.
After drinking an atypical cabernet beforehand, there was no problem getting the varietal here, it`s nicely balanced with lots of good blue and black fruit, some spicy chocolate and a touch of coffee and leather all coming together by mid palate and continuing on throughout its long finish.
Opened strong, went into a dead zone 15 minutes later, than 60 min later it drank great for 24 hours. Great typical Rutherford Cab profile, wonderful bottle. Clearly in it's aged cab phase, probably enjoyable over next 10 years or so, though past the big fruit stage.
Decanted for 3 hours. Dark purple, med/light body, slight bricking. Aromas of coffee, bittersweet chocolate and raisin/port. Palate to match the nose - drinking wonderfully, great depth of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, spice, black pepper, no heat at all, great acidic balance, lingering finish, very smooth tannins. This is not as intensely concentrated as some of the bigger hitters, but was a great bottle. Obviously this one was not past its prime as other have suggested.
Excellent wine. Still tastes fairly youthful, but some secondary characteristics are starting to develop. There are still some tannins to resolve, but overall this wine is drinking perfectly right now. Barely bricking on the edges, a little bit of smoke and leather on the nose, dark cherries, mineral, touch of oak, very smooth, medium bodied. Definitely in the prime window, but at least a decade of life left.
Had been debating when to open this, and had friends who are big BV and Georges de Latour fans over to watch fireworks over the Bay. Perfect time to see if this had anything left. It's color had slight rustiness, like a great aged bordeaux. Good first sign. Aromas were still there. First sip had some fruit still there, with soft but supple tannins. I don't think this has much more time to age, but it was extremely enjoyable as it is now. Bravo BV
Splash decant and drank over 1 1/2 hrs. Medium ruby color and suprisingly bright red fruit on the palate even 1hr in. Mostly dark cherry flavors with the secondary flavors of coffee, tobacco and a touch of licorice being very minimal. Some decent tannin appeared about 45 min in. A touch of a hollow spot on the mid palate but very smooth, long & lush finish. This bottle had a few more years in it, and maybe needed it to develop some of those secondary flavors as this was mostly about lush red fruit. Very good wine.
Color a bit light. Decent fruit and noticeable funk (good or bad depending on your personal feelings about these kinds of things) on the nose that I wouldn't usually associate with California wines though bottle was definitely not corked. Mid-palate displayed nice but somewhat subdued red currant, plum, and tobacco flavors coupled with enough tannin to provide structure. Finish abbreviated. Wine did not improve with airing. While this wine threw a decent amount of sediment, I would not suggest decanting because I think the wine is near the end of it's drinkable life. Controversial based on tolerance for/liking of funky notes. Do not hold any longer.
Simply an amazing wine. Had at Canlis in Seattle with the duck and the steak. I wish I had more as this is drinking so well right now. The dark fruit is still there and all the rough edges have been sanded off by time. Remarkable.
Atlanta Wine School Reserve Tasting (Atlanta Wine School): Would have guessed Bordeaux if tasted blind. On nose, touch of brett / earthy/ dried black cherry, cassis & tobacco. On palate, still pretty tannic - blackberry, dried cherry fruit profile. Interesting to see if the fruit outlasts the tannins. Medium finish. 91-92 range.
The wine is bright, clear and crimson in color. The nose shows black cherry and Christmas spice. The palate is full of black fruit with muscular tannins and a meaty mouth watering finish. The wine is structured and the oak is well integrated. The acidity brings each sip together in a smooth yet masculine expression of Rutherford dust resulting in a perfectly balanced wine. :))))
Dark color with dark fruit and spice jumping out of the glass. Cherry, blackberry, spice and leather on the palate. Very smooth integrated tannins on the finish. The drinking window is closing. This was our last bottle of this vintage.
Decanted 45 minutes before tasting. Clear dark inky blood-garnet. Elegant bouquet of blackcurrant liqueur, blackberries, forest floor, anise seed, bay leaf. Similar on the palate; full-bodied, seamless, firm but polished tannins suggesting more life ahead. Improved over two hours. Much better than a previous bottle.
Once again this wine continues to amaze We had it along with some other stars. 97 cask 23. 92 dominus and it shined. Rich opulent fruit with complexity and layers of flavor long finish. One of my all time favorites
from a .375; decanted for sediment; bricking; medium body; has only a hint of plum fruit remaining ; however, nice tobacco, sandalwood and very good balance; small bottle and unclear provenance may have contributed to premature aging?
Just getting better and better. Structured like a Bordeaux, but possessing that almost sweet CA fruit. Terrific complexity with notes of cedar and minerals poking up between layers of cassis and black cherry. Definitely in its drinking window but could easily last another decade. This is very sophisticated.
Extraordinary showing last night after an hour in decanter, nose of cedar, cigar box, bing cherry, lavender, and saline blackberry. On the palatte, very refined and subtle, with tart cassis, bing cherry (unusual for the wine), menthol, and baking spice. Glad I still have 5 bottles, but definitely ready to drink now or in the next few years.
Still has good flavor and long finish. Drank over three days, using vacuum pump after each tasting. Tart and closed the first day, not meeting expectations for a wine of this pedigree (and price). Got better on successive days, with more fruit coming out - sour apples and dried apricots. The finish exposes a hint of mint. The third day was the best. Can't rate above 90 because first taste was such a disappointment.
Wine was laying in a temperature controlled wine cellar for the past 8 years. Opened on a whim for an small outdoor pary, but the bottle was extraordinary in every way. No problem with cork, and did not even decant. Nose, depth, color - it had everything. I would say it was fully matured but had not passed it's peak. While hard to compare over time, I'm calling it the best wine I've had in memory.
The peak has passed for this one, and we like cabs quite mature. Oak is now dominant and there are some prunes with air. Possible bottle variation - previous bottle a few months ago was great - but time to drink up.
Upfront and firm Georges de Latour with youthful, deep red color and a rather closed off nose. Recording these reflections after a 6 hour Vinturi decanted scenario. A rustic red brandishing ripe, dark plum, blackberry and cassis with a zing of tart cherry pulling up at midpalate. Tannins are drying on an enduring finish offering earth and a dash of cedar. Drink now through 2015. Memorial Day 97 retrospective.
This was a good offering, but I feel like i am forcing it higher to be a 90 point wine. This wine was completely overshaddowed by the 1984 Dunn Howell Mountain that overlapped this bottle. There was nothing wrong with the wine, cork was in great shape, the wine was deep red in color, and the nose; although timid, was nuanced with forest and floral notes backing up a sweet cherry headliner. The taste fell flat though. The wine was a bit flabby and disjointed. The red fruits were pale, the acidity was tepid, and the finish relatively short. I think it may have fared better if not compared to the Dunn.
I purchased three bottles on release, added another three or four over the years from auctions, and finally opened the first bottle. Decanted two hours before tasting. Clear inky black-garnet-blood red, with a thin colorless meniscus. Initially, bouquet seemed herbal, with dill, fennel, bay leaf, damp earth, and muted notes of stewed plums and prunes. The fruit faded, leaving a bitter edge to the herbs. Similar on the palate. This bottle was clearly inferior to the Cellartracker average, and I wondered if it was prematurely faded, possibly due to heat exposure, or whether it was still closed and in need of more cellar time. Finally I decided that the "herbs" I smelled were actually wet cardboard, and that this bottle, alas, was corked.
Excellent bottle of wine, with probably more time to mature. Firm structure with excellent, soft mouth feel. The fruit was complex, with dominant notes of black currant and cherries. The oak was perfectly balanced. Sad it was our last bottle.
Consumed with the Mrs at the Chop House in Omaha. Misplaced original note - but this bottle matched up perfectly with the choice quality FIlet and New York Strip steaks served at this great Omaha steak restaurant.
Drank my last bottle. I double decanted it and it was fantastic. It was rich and balanced anad mature. If I had more I would be torn between drinking now as it was so nice and holding it for a bit longer to see how it further developed.
(3/5) Started off well with a beatiful nose and big but perfectly balanced on the palate, but a bit too much oak and quite a bit of heat on the finish. Lots of dark fruit on the nose and palate. Not done evolving but based on this bottle I'm not sure I'd enjoy it much more with more time.
Drank this bottle with the son and filet mignon made in heaven. The nose started heavily oaked. As the oak blew off, the nose went blank for about 1.5 hours (decanted wine after sitting open for 1 hour). As the hard oak left, it moved toward a vanilla accented oak. By the 3rd hour the fruit was just starting to come out. Too bad that is when we finished the bottle. This bottle should have been aired for about another hour is my guess. There was still quite a bit of tannin. Yet, it went very well with the steak. It was also an excellent match with Tarentaise cheese from Vermont. The son rated it 90.
Mojo meet my palate!Some pine on the nose, mingled with oak and floral bouquet. Very European in style. Sweetest tannins I have had from the 1997 vintage from California. Seemless, contiguous and continuous red fruit flavors. Bright cheries go to town in your mouth. This is what I would imagine some of the Kapcsandy wines to be like in 13 years. I can only hope.
One of California's icons of the 60's and 70's, the wine seemed to have lost its way after the mid-80's but with this vintage it came back to form. From what I have read, the vintages of the 2000's are keeping up this pace - good news for consumers! The wine remains a dark ruby colour without much fade at the rim. The nose was incredible - you could smell it as you walked past the decanter. Currants and dark fruits dominate with some really nice undertones of cedar branch and herbs (without being green or under-ripe). Medium body and very smooth. Tannins providing a nice background and keeping all that fruit in proportion. Had it been served blind, from the nose I would have immediately guessed Bordeaux. The taste revealed a bit of California, but this was by no means over the top, as some CA cabs can get, particularly from the better vintages. This was elegant and very sophisticated. At peak, and based upon having drank vintages from the 70's and early 80's, I see no need to worry about any impending senility.
RUSSK Drank with J&K at Petit Rouge for our Bdays. 1hr decant before and 1-2hr open at Rest't. Old Bordeaux nose. Nice. Med-full bodied. Finesse. Supple. Not an overthetop CA cab. Nuanced. Wished we had more. Got better as the night wore on.
From 6 liter. Decanted in pieces for 1 hour, consumed over next 5. Good black fruit, age is perfect (in large format) nice grit black fruit with black currant undertones. Fruit to tannins ratio is great at this point. Glad it wasn't corked!
Quintessentially Californian, this offers up sweet, vanilla-laced oak, cassis, black cherry, and cedar aromas. Opulent, full-bodied, and expansive on the palate with plenty of fine tannin providing structure for the cherry, currant and chocolate flavors.
This wine continues to drink well although it was overshadowed by the '00 Solaia during the evening. Nevertheless, the '97 BV GDL is one of my favorite Napa cabs. Pretty solid color with just a touch of lightness at the rims. Cherry, cedar, oohlong tea?, cocoa powder. Could have used a bit more fruit, but it seems there is a lot more secondary and tertiary flavors. Tannins are well-integrated as usual and a great foil (along with the acidity) to the charcoal grilled sirloin, short rib, and other cuts of beef.
Waited a long time to open this and boy was it worth it. Opened about 1.5 hours prior to drinking and it could have used even more as tannins were initially a bit overwhelming to the fruit. However, it smoothed out eventually and went wonderfully with our grilled lamb chops. Holding together very well and I think it is in its prime right now, certainly has at least several years left. Well done BV.
Terrific aged Napa cab. Tasted with 2 other old beauties including a 1990 Bordeaux and this was best of show. Polished tannins with soft cherry fruit. Was sorry to see the bottle had a hole in it as it disappeared quickly.
Opened and poured. I really enjoy this vintage and wine from BV. Typically, I would decant but since I was the only drinking, I decided to just let it breate in the glass. Great Cali Cab with with red plum, red cherry notes with cedar and tobacco. Seemed a bit more youthful than past bottles. Great mouthfeel and tannins and acidity compliment the fruit and secondary notes nicely.
My first big Cali Cab, and what a place to start. This drinks very much like a very good Bordeaux with a similar amount of age on it. What marks it as not is its viscosity - this is thicker, creamier in the mouth than Bordeaux, and less exotic and spicy, more pure fruit. But boy is it pure. The black cherry is almost overwhelming, and chocolate and blackcurrant fill up the nose and palate. Pierre says he gets aniseed on the finish. This is not over the top though, at 13.5% it holds well. Probably at its peak now - still has a fair amount of acidity (part of what keeps it refreshing despite the creaminess) and some tannin, but will likely start to fade fairly soon. I'm not quite as high on this as other people on this site. I'd like to see a little more complexity, but for big, pure fruit, I can't imagine it gets a whole lot better than this.
Bright crimson. Surprisingly fresh and alive. Fine example of a long-lived mature Cabernet. Blackcurrant, licorice and forest floor. Showed markedly better than 96 Mondavi Reserve pairing. Could go another 5-7 years.
Really impressed and much better than the bottle we drank two years ago. Very balanced and still lush with a nice finish (not overly long). Some cream of cassis and lots of chocolate. Tannins have faded but are not gone and this stood up nicely to our filets. Would drink in the next year or two if you're sitting on some but you won't be disappointed.
Had high expectations of this wine but was let down. Good enough wine and pleasant to drink nicely complex and melded with age but not up to my expectations after carefully keeping it for the last few years
Once again we paired with our Christmas Day Prime Rib. This same vintage was also drank in 2007. The nose was still earthy, with some level of tannins still present. On the palate the most noticeable flavors were currant and black cherry, with earth and mineral undertones. A very slight hint of tobacco was a new taste this time. The finish has been reduced since 2007. Don't wait much longer if you have any of this vintage left.
This was a great old-style California cab. The nose was beautiful with sweet oak, cherries, and some pepper. Palate did show its age (I would have guessed a '91 if blind), tannins were a bit too tame, but the fruit still shown through and the darker tobacco/tea flavors on the finish was enjoyable.
Incredible balance. Full nose of black cherry and a hint of oak. Round, full, and luscious on the palate, which wonderful integration of acidity, fruit, and tannin. The finish was long and lush. This wine is drinking incredibly well right now, I can't imagine it further improving with age.
I open this bottle last Sunday. Decanted for about one hour. Very oaky and tannic the first night, could not get passed one glass. 24 hrs later less vanilla on the nose, plum, strawberries and hint of barnyard, tannins less intense. Finishing up today (72 hrs later) very enjoyable, tannis still present but better integrated. I will probably wait 1-2 years before trying it again .
This is the last bottle of 97 we have and we saved it for our 26th anniversary in a lim with dinner at Ken stewarts in Akron. the wine did not let us down. wonderful nose with stron oak and some fruit. lotews of leather and a stron finish. I wish i had a couple more bottlesl
Brought to a tasting with our wine group, and it was a bit disappointing. Might be in a sleepy stage, but didn't show as much concentrated fruit as expected, was a little thin, with a hint of green to it. Nice, full bodied wine with a satisfying medium finish, but for this producer and the scores it has gotten, the result didn't quite live up to the expectations. Since we got this bottle recently from a retailer in Boise, Idaho, I leave open the possibility of poor storage conditions or bottle variation to explain the sub-par showing.
Opened and decanted. Similar to my previous bottle but with more plum and green olive notes. Should last for several more years. Tannins are well integrated. Cork was in great shape. No signs of fading.
No tasting notes recorded. Previous tasting was at the winery one release. Very good and drinking very well, balanced and with good depth of flavor. Probably close to it's peak, and I slightly prefer the BV's younger.
No TCA worries and decanted 45 minutes.. Slight bricking at the edges, with mature notes of cassis and plums, loads of cedar, well integrated and subtle oak complete a very attractive nose profile. An unmistakable and authoritative black cherry fruit coats the entire mouth, with complicating traits of fresh cinnamon and oak spice. Tannins are fine grained, and fully integrated, leaving to a very smooth and lasting finish. My last bottle of Napa wine, as my cabernet interests have shifted to Washington State and Bordeaux, but what great way to say goodbye.
In my last note I said I would try again in a year but I tried again in 2 months. This time it came out of the decanter (after an hour) all angry oak tree but since it followed the '99 Cigare Volante that didn't really seam to matter. Still yummy and clearly the favorite of the night (once again the Thunderbird was unopened!)
Some bottle to bottle variation, but this was a good one. Very silky and soft tannin structure, a tremendous amount of mature fruit and chocolate flavors coat the full and beautirully balanced mouthfeel. Finish lingered, with hints of port and sherry, showing the age, interlaced with brown spice, vanilla nuances, and hints of licorice. Very nice wine.
Right out of the decanter on opening its pretty harsh. Should calm down in an hour or so. It did but became a little monolithic and unstructured. A nice clean cab...it all got drunk. Will try again in a year or so. Drinking now.
This bottle was better than the one I had earlier this year. Cedar, red fruits, nutty earthiness and white pepper on the nose. Still quite young and o=powerful on the palate, but the tannins are well integrated and the red fruti shone through. Old school cali cab.
Drinking at it's peak. Deep purple with no signs of bricking, fabulous flavors of raspberry, cherry, slight cedar, herbs and spice. Long, lingerng finish. Killer wine! Perfectly aged CA cab. 97's were just fabulous. Drank with a "97 Dalle Valle cab, also fabulous.
Brought to an offline. Popped and poured. Cork was perfect. The only stains were at the bottom of the cork. I stood the bottles up for a few days to allow any sediment to settle on the bottom. Though I didn't check how much sediment was left in the bottle. I'm not exactly sure what to expect from a 10+ year-old CA cab since experience with anything old is pretty limited. Anyhow, the wine was a very deep red (iodine-like) color throughout and had a thick viscous consistency. There were no signs of tinting or bricking at the edges. Lots of secondary flavors now on the nose and palate -- black olives, tar, a little chocolate. Tannins are well-integrated but was in the background along with the black cherries. The finish was at least 30 seconds. Very Bordeaux-like. Wine matched very well with my medium-rare hanger steak, but I think it can enjoyed on its own. Unfortunately, my last two bottles.
Decanted for about an hour. Wow, not what I expected from this wine. Huge nose of ripe blackberry, vanilla, spice, and alcohol. Almost reminds me of an Aussie shiraz. Great mouthfeel, gobs of fruit and caramel, but a little hot on the finish initially. That starts to blow off and is replaced by dusty tannins. Delicious, albeit not terribly complex, I think this wine still has some years left to go.
One of the best Cabs (and wines) I have ever enjoyed. The wine is drinking perfectly. Let it breathe for 3 hours. The color is still red/purple...with the bricking just starting on the edges. Wonderful nose of dust, dark cherry and olive. The palate is loaded with graphite, cherry, olive, and currant. A masterpiece!
Not a pup anymore. This wine still is dark but starting to lighten. Nose with some current and mineral. On the palate full and complex but taking on the characteristics of an older wine with softer fruit, cedar, earth, and a bit of nuttiness/raisin. Soft tannins and elegant finish. Had this last year -- probably in its prime then depending on what you like as it was more chocolaty, full, with more pronounced fruit. Now it is definitely more restrained with less powerful fruit. If you like more fruit driven wines -- drink now. If aged, complex wines are your thing then you have about 5 more years.
This wine is at its peak. Decanted for about an hour and aired for an additional 30 minutes in the glass. The tannins became silky smooth. This remains a big wine with a nice, firm backbone, mature fruit and a long finish.
Still very young and quite tannic. Currants, oak and menthol on what is a fairly closed nose. Surprisingly austere on the palate as well - nicely textured, but not much fruit for a Cali cab. May improve with some more bottle age, but I have my doubts.
Quite nice. Still lots of fruit and just a touch of age showing. Amazing how much there is to this wine with only 13.5% alcohol. I recently tasted the 1993 and the 97 is fuller, more balanced and would be my choice between the two hands down.
Unfortunately this is the end of the case....and the 2001's are a few years out. The 97 is drinking amazingly well, still fruity and very dry. To me this is a classic CA cab and I will continue to buy it every 4-5 years....holding it for some time really makes a difference.
"A Knockout" (HappyWineGuy). Nose of red raspberry, spearmint, "dark cough syrup in a good way" (?). Pleasant bouquet, that is intersting and unique. Medium weight on the palate, with the red raspberry and mint carrying through. Finish is a hint hot, but too much and melds with the spice. Very nice wine, that is much better than the last 2 experiences (with the 98) which were both corked.
Excellent balance of tannins, this wine may be at it's peak. Cassis, tobacco, plum, and cherry flavors were distinct and lingered. Hints of cedar, and chocolate on the finish. Only one left in my cellar, so I will have to find more!
TK brought over a bottle we had side by side with Beringer PR 2007. This was the more impressive of the two wines -it took about 45 min decant to really blossom showing a beautiful complex mid palate and a nice broad finish. This wine is at a beautiful point in it's evolution While I do not see it improving from here, it should drink beautifully for another 3- 5 years.
Double decanted in am. NO SEDIMENT? Ready to go. Classic BV Gde L. Reminescent of the great last Tschelitcheff 1970. Smooth sweet tannins, cassis and chocolate flavors. Similar to the 97 Insignia we had recently.
Awesome. Muted nose with slight fragancy (could have been the less than optimal glass). Smooth and powerful in the mouth. Great balance between fruit, smoke, ash, texture, and long finish. Fruit and tannins well integrated and velvety on chewing. This is the best BV I've ever had. Still has time but hitting front end of optimum right now.
BV night at the "Old World Brother In Law's." The OWBIL’s LA daughter spent all day preparing Beef Bourguignon for a family dinner and the OWBIL commemorated these efforts by bringing up three BVs to enjoy with the meal. We tried Private Reserves from 1995, 1997 and 1998. The 1997 was fresh as a daisy and fabulous with a big nose and palate of black cherries, black currants, cassis, leather, tobacco and lots of spicy, cedary oak accents. The finish was intense and about a mile long. This is an outstanding old school Napa big boy with a long, long ways to go.
This was an excellent pairing with our Christmas Eve Prime Rib. The nose was earthy, with a good level of tannins still present. On the palate the most noticeable flavors were currant and black cherry, with earth and mineral undertones. The long, rich finish added to a firm ending.
I hate to differ so much from the excitement, but I was a bit undewhelmed. The initial bouquet was great. The structure was there. It still had tannin, decent complextity and length, but I didn't get any good fruit. I don't know - I wasn't that impressed.
First years of storage conditions were unknown. Very left bank Bordeaux like. Aged beautifully with only a tinge of red brick color at the rim. Many complex layers of flavors with a long, pleasant finish.
Had a taste off of the 1997 BV Georges de Latour Private Reserve and the BV 1997 Tapestry with a dinner of grilled flank steak. Both wines were decanting shortly before drinking had their fans and it was a very interesting comparison. The Tapestry was very approachable, slightly lighter in body and exhibited classic Napa taste and smell characteristics. The Private Reserve was a deeper, fuller bodied wine. I liked it but thought it tasted a bit "cooked". However, a couple of other people thought it was outstanding. So, I guess this becomes a matter of personal style. Having said all of this, given the price differential, I was a bit disappointed in the Private Reserve.
Dinner at Dads with Cousins from Ireland (Dads House): Im really bummed. This wine was outstanding and I do not have any more. Hints of ripe fruit and earth on the nose, with a palate of dried apples, dust, and dried cranberrries. The mouthfeel was excellent and the finsh was nice and long. If I had any more I would drink then sooner than later. im no expert, but Im not sure there is much more room for improvment. Suprisingly there was almost no sediment.
Had laid this down for a while since it was a gift from my brother one Christmas a few years back. Since he was in town, figured it was time to open it up. We had pork for dinner and it complemented it well. The wine was tasty and mellow but not particularly memorable for the price (it was 3 days or so ago that we drank it and nothing stands out to give a more detailed description - however, my wife did say she liked it and that says a lot for any red wine!)
Ignored this in the cellar for years, never wanted to mess with it because of the whole TCA hoopla. Assumed it would be a waste of time. After opening, very mute initially and I was thinking "here we go, open wide Mr. Sink." Opened nicely over 10 or 20 minutes and rounded out. Full, not head-turning, but nothing out of place. A pleasant surprise and another data point that confirms my dismissal of all things Spectator.
This was my first GdL Private Reserve, and now I can see what all the fuss is about. This is a profound wine - very old school Napa, almost retro. Definitely "your father's" cabernet. Not fruit-driven, but a good balance of fruit, mineral and herbal qualities, like green olive and cedar. No sign of Rutherford "dust." A refreshing change from the full-throttle style we've been getting from this AVA for two decades.
Drank at Garcon in San Fran (Mission). Bottle drank beautifully - we only wish we had double decanted instead of relying on the server and enough time at the table. The wine was extremely expressive and fruit-forward, and continued to open up throughout the meal. Average finish was 20 to 30 seconds. Didn't pair particularly well with the grilled NY steak and pepper sauce but went beautifully with a plate of Duck Confit and the Frisse Au Lardons.
Depth and concentration that really stood up and got this bottle noticed, compared to the other two of the night this was the richest bottle, exhibiting classic Cherry, Pepper, and Anise typical of california cab. Classic Older style from BV
My friend rated this a 97 pointer, and I gave it 96, what we agree on is this is the best GDL of the last 20 years, and it is peaking right now. Tannins are smooth as silk, wood is well integrated, and the fruit bouquet is immense, and layered. Sprinkle classic mocha on top of all of this and hints of vanilla, and you have it. Fantastic. Too bad BV lost this vineyard to Staglin.
We had three bottles of this at the table, and of the three this bottle (well-stored since release) was fantastic, but the other two were distinctly "less fresh" tasting, presumably due to either post-purchase storage conditions or different treatment along the distribution channel. Silky texture, with cassis, blackberry, spicebox, cedar, and leather. Actually reminded me of a nice Tuscan (Bolgheri) wine due to the elegance and balance between the fruit and the non-fruit elements. This bottle would have been stellar for at least another 4-6 years, but it was my last.
Tasted November 15, 2006 at an offline. One of three bottles opened (one of which was corked). Opened and served immediately in a Spiegelau Authentis Magnum glass. Garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose had just a touch of leather up front giving way to plums, crushed berries and a potpourri like perfume. Chewy flavors of black currants, black cherries and ripe black berries. Medium acidity, integrated tannins and medium body. Well balance wine, almost seemless at this time.
This was our first BV and we drank it with a Mitolo GAM over smoky BBQ. It was refined and interesting, but hardly a blow-away wine. Perhaps would have fared better with less demanding meal. Impressive, but lacked something to make it an extraordinary wine, particularly from such a good vintage.
BV Georges de Latour Vertical (Zoe): This was the most disappointing wine of the night for me, albeit not the worst. I found it fairly non-descript steakhouse wine. None of the opulent exhuberence that I've had in other '97s. Not flawed, but uninspired.
Perhaps the best Georges ever. Long and opulent, with cassis, sweet oak, cedar, earth, and black cherry, this wine finishes longer than any of the 6 Georges tasted on the evening (96-01). Blew all of them away, except the 99, which was close, but not quite as good.
Opened and consumed much too quickly with great big grilled tenderloins at the 'old world' brother in-law's. This is a lovely cab with a rich and silky smooth palate. It has tastes and aromas of black cherry , blackberries and cedar and a wonderful long finish that prominently features that famous dusty earth. Outstanding.
Consumed on 7/4/06 with my family in Duneland Shores, IN. Nice cassis with fairly strong notes of dusty cedar. Not quite as expressive as other bottles that I've had over the past year. Not a tainted bottle. Cork disintegrated partially due to a short corkscrew. I would drink up based upon the performance of this bottle.
Given to me as a gift. Too bad this wine is flawed. The nose at first is big bold 97 Napa. There's no doubt about the presence of TCA here, as Laube pointed out about BV much to their dismay. The palate starts full and rich, but doesn't fulfill all its potential, I suspect this is due to the TCA. At first I thought this might be another 97 Insignia, but it turns out the finish is short, a little bitter, and not at all pleasant. This wine gets 87 points only because of the hope it shows. It doesn't deliver properly due to the flaw. I suspect that if it weren't for the TCA (reportedly in the whole winery) this would be a stunner. So sad. Worth every penny I paid ;)
Wow, this was damn good. Amazing nose that literally flooded the room when first poured. It was almost as if you could see the bouquet flowing over the rim of the glass. Powerful aromas of cherry, blackberry, cedar, plum, and a very slight hint of olive oil and cinnamon( which I really like ). Really velvety mouthfeel. Color is opaque purple with just the tiniest hint of garnet at the edge. Lots of sweet fruit with a decisive earthy component. Black cherry, plum, cassis, with hints of vanillin and cedar. Midpalate is very strong, but silky and enticing, leading me to believe that this wine still has another 8-10 years of fine showing. The finish is long ( 40+ seconds ) and pleasantly woody and earthy. This wine was just excellent, and I might even enjoy it even more in 5-6 years when it sheds a little more fruit and tannin. At this point, there is not any sediment in the bottle at all. Easy rating.
This was a special wine. Huge and full bodied, hardly seemed 8 years old. Vanilla and mocha on the palate, giving way to dark fruit, currant, blackberry, and finally a strong earthy finish. Finish lingered for 40+ seconds. One of the best I have ever tasted.
first impression is a big chewy mouthful of spicy plum and dried fruit, with some raisin, leather and earth notes. still got another 5 years left. Nicely complex. In hindsight, agree with the burbon taste noted below, but didn’t pick that up at the time.
Opened and decanted 1/2 bottle for a short time (not long enough). Left half in the bottle and finished the next day. Finally opened up in a large glass after about 30 minutes. Deep nose of over ripe fruit; bittersweet chocolate smell with a long finish. Great wine with a couple of years of to go.
This wine was served at a dinner for 16 that included 33 different wines. As one of five Cabernets served past the mid point of the dinner (blind), it showed extremely well. I do wish I had more of this to be savored instead of tasted at an offline.
This bottle was picked as wine of the flight. The color was very dark, wonderful fruit and spice on the nose, the wine filled the mouth with dark fruit and cedar. BV should be proud of this fine example of Napa Cabernet. I feel that the wine could go another 8 years before going down the dark side of wonderful. A few more years could show some improvement, but it is drinking just fine now.
Enjoyed this bottle with friends on the coast. Full bodied wine with lots of flavor, and little tannins left. Deep garnet color with lots of fruit in both the nose as well as on the tongue. Very velvety and wonderful to drink now, could easily cellar for the future as well. 97 was an excellent year for this red wine!
First bottle from the cellar. Decanted 1 hour. No sediment at all??. Nose classic, cherry, and some spice. Not much oak. Showing some age already with amber tinge, may not be as age worthy as I thought.
Tannins were smooth and well integrated. I expected a bigger finish. I'm wierd, but I get a finish with crispy, acidic red delicious apple, not something I see commonly in CS. Well, I am still refining the pallet. There are many VOC's (Volitile Organic Compounds) in these big CS's which I have yet to classify.
First bottle that I have tried of this wine from my cellar. Definately is still a baby with years of life left in it. Decanted for an hour, but really started opening up more by the end of the meal. Great 40 second finish. Tannins still very evident but very silky. Leather, black fruit and spice on the nose. No real sediment to speak of at this stage. Will wait several more years before trying again. Drank at Morton's with my parents for my birthday.
Tasting of 13 BV Georges de Latour, the newest tasting and newest vintage in the tasting, lovely bright, rich cherry fruit on the nose, more of the same on the palate, big body, definitely not the old style BV, long but slightly tannic finish. #2/13.