Beautiful see through colour. Quite fruity for a '70. Dried cranberries, typical for a MdC dry nose of coal. Lively, still high accidity. It was held in French oak, but one can feel a typical note of pickle here, just like with a traditional Rioja. However for this wine the pickle notes were intermingled with smoke and roast. Silky, medium body, there's some bite from red berries, smoked meat, mushrooms. This is better than other MdC from 70s I have tried.
Nine 1970 Rioja with a Vega Sicilia ringer. (Il Corso): Notable for being the first wine from the bodega, which was started in 1970, though they didn't release this until 1975, this bottle might've suffered from having been flipped over a few times in the cab on the way to dinner when we narrowly missed crushing a delivery guy on a bike. Showing a bit unfocused and muddy, it's a much brawnier wine than the Murrieta, with a thicker texture and more classic Rioja aromas and flavors. There's a cherry, mushrooms, earth and a lot of beef here with orange citrus bringing up the rear. Resolved, but with the structure giving one last hurrah on the finish. Low B+.
This has has held up remarkably well. Cork was intact, some significant bricking on the rim, but still a solid core of color. Quite sweet caramel, leather, dried leaves and white pepper on the nose. Comfortable old fruit on the palate - not a blockbuster, but nice mellow fruit with secondary flavors consistent with the nose. For what was undoubtedly an under $2 purchase on release, a pleasant old life.
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