Mostly California Wines from the '70s at John Gilman's. (John Gilman's.): John went to his cellar and grabbed this as a throw in at the end to go with the '73 Sterling Reserve. It really would've benefited from a longer decant as this is a beast of a wine. It took awhile for the nose to get going, but it eventually uncoiled to show sweet cherry, leather, cedar and tobacco aromas. Mouth-filling with brutish, drying tannins. There's enough fruit to stand up to them, but there's almost an old Barolo likeness here, especially since there are solid acid levels. A bit of cedar, leather and earth to go along with the cherry fruit. A-/B+.
Fill was excellent and the cork came out relatively cleanly in 2 pieces. Likely would have rated this higher, but it's perhaps 5 years past its prime. Still, this was a very very nice wine, with a soft and smooth mouthfeel and a complex palate with hints of eucalyptus and pine. For the price I paid for it at auction, this was a great deal.
Cork fell apart took quite a while to extract. It was amazingly youthful, almost zero sediment. Still had decent fruit, good finish and enough acid to last another 10 or 20 years. Shared with Cyril Chappellet and Gentleman's Wine Club and all were amazed.
At the Carnelian Room with MPL and BLR. Dark ruby-belies its age. Incredible nose- words hardly do it justice. Very fine, elegant cabernet nose. Really excellent. Rich and weighty on the palate with lovely, mouthfilling fruit. Medium tannins promise further aging. Slightly musty component in the finish. 5-14-16-7: 92/100.