OMG! A 39 year old wine caught at the peak of perfection. This is what Cal Cab aspires to but rarely achieves. Brick red color, intense Cab nose with notes of oak, leather, earth and black fruits. We spent almost an hour in our glasses before it seemed to start to fade. On the palate in was intense, rich, balanced with tannins softened to a mild background note. Excellent complexity of flavor, after putting it in your mouth you didnt want to swallow as it kept delivering balanced flavor. I remember this wine from it's release being perhaps the best of the dozens of Napa Cabs I tried from the 1975 or 1974 vintage. It's gratifying to see it has developed so perfectly. I wish I had more left!
The Twelveth Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON): Extremely Bordeaux like, in fact it is much like Pichon Lalande. Loads of leather, mushroom, cedar, herbs, cherries, red currants, black currants and wet animal fur. Really beautiful and just a bit green and herbal. Palate is well integrated with just a bit of fine dusty tannin remaining and finishes long.
The Twelfth Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON, Canada): This is dead ringer for aged bordeaux… Pure black and red fruits augmented by leather, cedar and earthy notes. The palate again shows such purity….brown sugar, dark black cherries, currants and berries mix with earth, cedar leather and saddle notes. The finish is medium+ and very complex. Great wine.
Filled with smoke, earth, truffle, cassis and spice, blind, I would have pegged it for a Pauillac. The wine is concentrated, powerful and filled with cassis and blackberry. Some greeness along with tart sensation intrudes in the finish
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(Joseph Phelps .Eisele Vineyard) 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
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